Sunday, June 28, 2015

Corporate personhood

I was recently reading about monarch butterflies. I am fond of monarch butterflies because they are pretty and they have always been nice to me. I read that monarchs are in trouble, their population decreasing largely because of the effectiveness of Roundup, a ubiquitous industrial agriculture weed killer. Migrating monarchs no longer are finding the milkweed they need on their long journey because it has so effectively been eradicated from the endless cornfields dominating the center of America.

Or to put it more succinctly, Monsanto is killing the monarch butterflies.

If you read the news closely enough you will have heard some about a legal fiction called corporate personhood. Many sensible people don't like it because it ascribes a selection of human rights to corporations, which, we all know, have an utterly unavoidable usefulness in modern culture, but at heart are soulless cannibals. If it's not too late you don't want to ascribe the rights of personhood to a soulless cannibal. 

But the strange thing is that if we only could make a corporation into a person we absolutely should. A person can sue, and have free speech, and go to a baseball game, and corporations argue that they need those privileges, but corporations by nature remain immune to the everyday burdens of the human. They cannot be beaten up, or feel the pain of being ignored. They cannot die in an accident, or of old age. They cannot feel shame or suffer.

What is it that has some of the privileges and powers of the human, but is free of its burdens and duties? What rules over mankind but is only given life in mankind's consciousness?


Corporations are gods!

And it all fits. Monarchs are heartlessly traded for more corn just like, for instance, Dinosaurs were traded for more Mammals. And who will trade us in? Gods? Corporations? Aye, it is all the same, and the more of them we make, gods and corporations, the sooner our time will come.

Not that I am necessarily complaining...

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