Interesting campaign in the US seeking to rescind the Citizens United decision on the subject of corporations as human beings – Move To Amend:
On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
* Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
* Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.
* Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national, and state governments.
The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule. We Move to Amend.
Because whilst it makes sense to treat corporations as one entity rather than many for the purposes of regulation, litigation and so on – it makes no sense to give them the privileges of human beings when they’re subject to none of the responsibilities.
They cannot go to jail. They live forever. They are taxed at a vastly lower rate. If they get the privileges of people then they supercede us in every respect – in any competition between us and them, they are bound to win.
The only power people still have over corporations is their votes – but the corporations have money to corrupt and influence voters and, perhaps more critically, they can buy out the voters’ only choices, thus rendering this one remaining power nearly meaningless. In the US, there are only two parties they need to worry about, after all. It’s almost too easy…
Which means that I’m not optimistic about the prospects for success of Move to Amend – but it’s good to see that they’re trying.