By Ralph A. McKittrick
Corporations are bad. Really bad. These faceless behemoths wield an inordinately large influence over society and our government. By demanding huge bailouts, they warp the political process while sucking the life out of taxpayers. Why should you and I be forced to pay for their mistakes? The world would be a better place if these money-losers were left to go bankrupt. Let them be their own victim, not you and me.
Not only do they lobby a corrupt Congress to steal our money with bailouts, the men and women who run corporations are held above the law. They are shielded by law from any legal liability they may have for damaging the environment or hurting consumers. For example, when the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of crude oil off the Alaskan coast, one of the worst environmental disasters in American history, no one--NO ONE--went to prison for the crime. Instead, Exxon was merely fined less than a billion dollars, even though they earned over $30 billion in profits last year. Is that fair?
The solution to corporatism, and the crimes corporations commit, is to end corporatism! Instead of having some legal fiction responsible for environmental disasters, the individual men and women who run the corporation should be held liable. They should face imprisonment and
personal bankruptcy for the crimes they commit, just as any normal person would. By eliminating their corporate personhood, the CEO’s would surely think twice before deciding to break the law or trash the environment. But will our corrupt Congress ever change the law? Not while they remain in the deep pockets of the corporations.
We demand an end to corporatism and corporate personhood. We demand an end to corporate contributions to political campaigns. We demand that the criminals, not the corporation, be held liable for their crimes. We demand a better America!