Readers Forum :: Corporations Comments
The Fall 2007 issue of YES! Magazine, Stand Up to Corporate Power, showed the many individuals and organizations tackling the problems of corporations. The issue was extremely popular, reaching many new readers, and many articles from the issue were widely reposted all over the Internet, sparking widespread discussion and debate.
Here is a small sampling from comments posted on two of the major aggregator websites Common Dreams and Alternet, as readers shared their resources, stories, and thoughts:
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Communities Take Power
SEE ARTICLE ONLINE :: Communities Take Power by Doug Pibel
I intend to raise this issue of corporate personhood at our next township supervisors' meeting where I live here in Central Pennsylvania, (…) Just imagine the possibilities of this issue being brought to the fore in municipalities all across the country. Borders on revolutionary, which of course will not be televised.
Also, Thom Hartmann's excellent Unequal Protection - The Rise of Corporate Dominance and The Theft of Human Rights has a section at the end titled “Model Ordinances to Rescind Corporate Personhood”. It might prove useful when your fellow supervisors realize the answer to all of their dilemmas is right before their eyes.
Best of luck! Let us know how things progress…
This article is one of those keys to changing things as they are to how they ought to be.
Educate, educate, educate folks in our communities about corporate personhood and human rights (including those of future generations) to clean water, clean air, agricultural land; sustainability; the direct link between some consumer choices and outright harm — vital information CEOs and Madison Ave. fail to tell us. Still, these efforts require citizenry leadership, creativity and initiative at the local level.
This is all so beautiful! Thanks to YES! Magazine for their insistance that people can do something about corporate power, thanks to everyone for all the resources in this thread.
Who Will Rule?
SEE ARTICLE ONLINE :: Who Will Rule? by Michael Marx and Marjorie Kelly
I am pleased to see other voices championing cooperative enterprise… and with some nuances I had not thought of. “Value” will always be created by folks who produce the goods, but it need not be “surplussed” into a boss' pocket.
Better Than Money
SEE ARTICLE ONLINE :: Better Than Money by David C. Korten
Great article! I think that in the West or most of the world now, we are brain-washed to believe that true wealth is amassing more and more money, and a person's value is based on his/her pocket book. I think we need to start reworking that idea if we are to survive on this planet.
The 'sea change' is beginning. Another supporter of what David is talking about is Riane Eisler's new work, Real Wealth of Nations.
We can do this….
Another Good Idea essay… long on theory and short on technique. There are plenty of people, like me, who would like to shift to a more sustainable way-of-life, but we're entangled with debt and obligations that make this a daunting prospect. Should I buy a Prius or pay my wife's medical bills? Should I trade my 30-minute commute for a job I can walk to (and a pay cut) or send my kid to college? At this point, it takes money to enjoy a life-affirming lifestyle. I think a lot of people are willing, but we don't know how to jump off the treadmill without getting hurt.
Technique is not needed, proselytizing is. Take simple steps, be conscious of your impact on the earth, lead by example, talk to your friends, neighbors. Instead of buying a new Prius, buy a low mileage used compact car. Buy thrift store clothing. Eat locally grown produce. There are many simple things you can do that add up over time. This is a paradigm shift at the most basic level of human consciousness, it won't be simple or fast, but it will happen.
The pendulum must swing back.
If you look at history of civilizations where the relationships between and the haves and the have nots has gotten out of balance, the change always comes from the bottom. In other words a revolution.
Korten's message is basically the same one that indigenous peoples and small-scale farmers have been harping on for some time, using modern economic jargon. (see www.viacampesina.org) What good is money if there are no buffalo to hunt, no pure water to drink, no medicines to harvest in the forest or on the prairie (…).
To those who believe there is no painless way to get out of the rat race, you are correct, but it doesn't have to be intolerable pain. I view the work of so many people to recreate local food economies as on the front lines of this re-ordering of our economies. To build a local food economy you have to get outdoors, feel the texture of the soil, have to rebuild community relations between eaters and growers, have to ignore almost the monetary value of your personal time. But I find that the more time I spend gardening and urban farming (…) the more interrelated and mutually empowering I become with others around me, and they with me. As we get better at it, new possibilities arise. Now we are opening farmers' markets in low-income neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky, by empowering local young adults to run their own markets, and of course the farmers are helping to subsidize the development of those new markets, bringing in healthy foods where they are least available at prices designed to encourage low-income folk to buy. Step by step, we can create the Earth Economy, right where we are. And we must do it!
there i go, dreaming again. good article.
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