Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ogden Ethics Blog: Can Corporate Campaign Contributions Be Banned?

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The Ogden Ethics Project Blog has an informative new post up referring to the most recent pro-corporatist (fascist) federal court decision, in connection with the legality of corporate campaign donations. We invite you all to check it out:
And for an enlightening expose about how America has lost the legal structures that formerly allowed "we the people" to control corporate behavior, following an 1886 U.S. Supreme Court decision which has been erroneously and repeatedly cited as ruling that corporations were "persons" and entitled to the same rights granted to living, breathing, natural people under the Bill of Rights, check out this book, which is available online through Amazon.com:
In our view, the rise of corporatism in America represents one of the greatest threats to individual liberty since the founding of our great nation. For those of our readers who may share this view, or might be interested in learning a little more about it, we strongly recommend this book. It's a real eye opener.

And don't let the cat get your tongues...

1 comment:

rudizink said...

For those who may have missed it, here's Curm's post from the Ogden Ethics Project blog, which we're taking the liberty of reposting here:


In a story dealing at least tangentially with the status of corporations
as "persons" [in this case, as "persons" capable of committing criminal
conduct rather than exercising first amendment rights], the SL Trib is
reporting this: In a shift still evolving, federal
enforcers are targeting individual executives in health care fraud cases
that used to be aimed at impersonal corporations....

if a company got caught, its lawyers in many cases would be able to
negotiate a financial settlement. The company would write the government
a check for a number followed by lots of zeroes and promise not to
break the rules again. Often, the cost would just get passed on to

Now, on top of fines paid by a company, senior executives can face criminal charges.... The full Trib story is here:http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/51918784-79/health-general-inspector-care.html.cspCorporations
can still be fined for criminal conduct, but I wonder if this might
perhaps be the entering wedge for the notion that a corporations [when
it comes to criminal conduct at least] do not exist, really, apart from
the individuals who run them. Probably not, but I thought the story interesting nonetheless in terms of thinking about the status of corporations in law.

May 31, 2011 11:57 PM

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