"The recent spate of Supreme Court decisions
absolving corporations of
for their wrongful or negligent conduct is not "good for business" - unless
you believe that all business owners are scofflaws. Rather,
the decisions should be characterized as bad
for consumers and ultimately bad for justice. Making it impossible for
people injured by corporate acts (or neglect) to be compensated for their
damages essentially sends a signal that companies need not consider the public
interest, or indeed the niceties of the law, in their
relentless pursuit of
profit. That is not a pro-business stance; it is an antisocial
stance. Everyone - as a potential victim of corporate cost-cutting,
incompetence or outright malfeasance - is significantly worse off as a result."
- J.G. Berinstein
established for one basic purpose: to make money by converting nature and labor
into profit and more capital. The corporation was invented to limit liability
and maximize profit. Corporate managers are required to maximize profit,
although they often arrange to give
themselves enormous salaries. Politicians do not place
the interests of workers, the community or the
environment ahead of
corporate profit interests." -
John M. LambaseGardiner Coit Means showed in The
Corporate Revolution in America (1964) that the means of production in the
US economy was highly concentrated in the hands of the largest 200
corporations, and within the large corporations, managers controlled firms
despite shareholders' formal ownership.
Adolf Augustus Berle, Jr.
theorized that the fact of economic concentration meant that the effects of
competitive-price theory was largely mythical.
Adolf Augustus Berle, Jr.,
an original member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust", advocated that
corporate leadership accept that they must fulfill responsibilities toward
society in addition to their traditional responsibilities toward shareholders.
But this is in direct contradiction to nearly all statues governing
corporations which require corporations to maximize return to
"Here is the most important challenge to political
invention ever offered to the jurist or the statesman. The human association
which in fact produces and distributes wealth, the association of workmen,
managers, technicians and directors is not an association recognized by law.
The association which the law does recognize -
the association of shareholders,
creditors and directors - is incapable of producing and distributing and is
not expected to perform these functions. We have to give law to the real
association and withdraw meaningless privilege from the imaginary one." - Lord
Eustace Sutherland Campbell Percy, Baron Percy of Newcastle
"A corporate executive recently confessed to me
that his job consisted of lying to the customer; another that his job consisted
of frightening customers into accepting digital security products that they
really didn't need." -
"Since corporations are "immortal," and since they
are created solely to amass wealth, they become the institutionalization of
dissatisfaction, the economic manifestation of the Buddhist notion of "hungry
ghosts," spirits who roam the earth, always eating, never sated." - Derrick
Psychopaths exhibit traits
such as superficial charm, an
exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and
manipulation of others. People that fall into this category include: serial
killers and politicians. Psychopaths are psychologically capable of acting free
of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences with absolutely no
"Ironically, these same traits (psychopathology) exist in men
and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful positions in society
including political officeholders. While many political leaders will deny the
assessment regarding their similarities with serial killers and other career
criminals, it is part of a psychopathic profile that may be used in assessing
the behaviors of many officials and lawmakers at all levels of government." -
Jim Kouri, vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of
With self-interest paramount a corporation
acts exactly like a psychopath.
is like a human psychopath in that:
Corporations are irresponsible - to satisfy the
corporate goal, everything is 'at risk'.
Corporations are manipulative - they manipulate
everything, including public opinion.
delusions of grandeur -
"we're number one", "we're the best."
Corporations lack empathy and exhibit antisocial
tendencies - no concern for victims.
Corporations relate superficially - their goal is a
public face that is appealing to the public.
Corporations refuse to accept responsibility and are
unable to feel remorse.
designed to exploit nature, small business and people for profit.
cost of negotiated settlements and adjudicated civil suits as well as
fines for illegal activities are just another cost of
doing business. When breaking the law or failing to warn of a potential danger
is likely to cost less than complying with the law or warning potential users
of defects a corporation is required, by law, to do what is best for its
shareholders whether it is breaking the law or failing to warn of; lead in
toys, pharmaceutical side effects,
endocrine disruption by industrial
chemicals, the harmful effects of chemically engineered tobacco,
thyroid disruption by fire
retardants, etcetera ... In most cases the fines and
the civil penalties and settlements paid by the corporation are trivial
compared to the profits generated.
People are notorious for their
ability to use charm as
a mask to hide their dangerously self-obsessed personalities . For
corporations social responsibile acts are simply public relations ploys.
Corporations can present themselves as compassionate socially responsible
citizens when, in fact, they lack the ability to care about anything as
compassion requires an empathtic
emotional response which is impossible for a legal
"Can we really expect
our elected representatives to
control the same corporations whose campaign contributions got them elected?
Until the Supreme Court overturns corporate personhood,
our elected representatives will
be voting for the good of corporations, not for the good of people." - Gordon
"Business enterprise is a creature of a society,
and society can put any business out of existence overnight. Enterprise exists
on sufferance and exists only as long as society believes that it does a
necessary, useful, and productive job." - Peter F. Drucker
"Like everything else the bottom line is all that
matters now, whether it is in healthcare, journalism, sports or anything else.
I do remember the time when corporations at least tried to give the appearance
of being socially responsible. It seems we have lost that." - Bob
"When the balance sheet of a corporation does not
capture the true The logic
of externalization applies to any and all acting parties.
costs and risks of its business activities you end up with
their gains and socializing their losses." - Nandan
Profits accrue to
those who most successfully externalize their costs.
looking to extract resources must first con-vince land guardians that the vital
resource management that the corporation aims to provide will create a enhanced
cost-benefit ratio that the land guardians could not enjoy without corporate
intervention. Corporate owners know that the eternal formula for business
success is to make someone else pay as much of the costs as possible to
Do the printers of unwanted junk mail have to pay the
costs of disposing it in landfills?
Do the makers of
pesticides have to pay
the costs of cleaning the groundwater they contaminate?
Do the frackers
have to pay the costs of cleaning the aquifers they contaminate?
makers and users of nitrogen fertilizer have to pay the costs of
Would plastic junk be so cheap if they incorporated the
medical costs of toxic petroleum
"A corporation tends to be more profitable to the extent
it can make other people pay the bills for its impact on society. The
corporation is an externalizing machine, in the same way that a shark is
a killing machine. There isn't any question of malevolence or of will; the
corporation has within it, and the shark has within it, those characteristics
that enable it to do that for which it was designed. As a result the
corporation is potentially very, very damaging to society." - Robert
The Center for Responsive Politics found that lawmakers
have as much as $196 million invested in
corporations doing business
with the Department of Defense. Many corporations are not recognized as
defense contractors and yet a substantial amount of their business comes from
supplying the military. Pepsico was paid $286 million;
IBM was paid $291 million;
Tyson was paid $335
was paid $344 million; Procter & Gamble was
paid $362 million; Kraft was paid $500
million; Dell was paid $636 million;
FedEx was paid $1.3 billion and
Exxon was paid $1.2 billion. Also on the
payroll of the Pentagon was
Disney, Apple, Oakley, Nestle, Heinz and
"In the early 1990s, some
three quarters of the federal government's research money was consumed by the
Pentagon. Half of
America's scientists and engineers were employed by military-related companies.
The needs of the Pentagon skew entire
industries. They cause communities to arise out of nowhere, and as suddenly to
collapse. Economists argue endlessly, and inconclusively, about the impact of
military spending on the American economy as a whole. The effect of military
spending on government budgets is plain enough: investments of one kind
diminish investments of another." - Cullen Murphy
"In reality, whether
we like it or not, whether we care or not, we're all participating . When we
buy Crest toothpaste, Oscar Mayer hotdogs or a Playstation the fact is we are
supporting an increasingly
militarized civilian economy." - Nick Turse
personhood Up until 1886 Supreme Court
doctrine complied with the Constitution's contextual history.
In the words
of Chief Justice Marshall in the famous Trustees of Dartmouth College v.
Woodward case, corporations were "artifcial being[s], invisible, intangible,
and existing only in the contemplation of the law."
corporation was a "creature of the law" that did not possess inalienable human
rights, but rather "only those properties which the charter of creation confer
Corporate interests were protected in some ways, of course -
for example, corporations could assert rights under such provisions as the
Constitution's Contracts Clause to limit changes to their corporate charters -
but corporations could be extensively regulated to ensure that they did not
abuse the special privileges and protections governments conferred on them that
were not shared by individuals.
This was the settled understanding both
before the Civil War,
and after, when the Fourteenth Amendment was added to the Constitution,
requiring states to respect the fundamental rights of all Americans.
This settled understanding was thrown into question in 1886 when the
Court's decision in Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad Co. appeared to
announce that corporations were "persons" within the meaning of the Fourteenth
The Supreme Court's actual opinion never reached the
constitutional question in the case, but the court reporter - himself a former
railroad man - took it upon himself to insert into his published notes Chief
Justice Waite's oral argument statement that the Fourteenth Amendment protects
Through this highly irregular bureaucratic move, bereft
of any reasoning or explanation, outside bribery, the psychopathic concept that
corporations were "persons" and had the same rights as individuals - for many
purposes - was introduced into constitutional law.
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