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November 08, 2012

US Voters Overwhelmingly Unite Against Corporate Personhood and Citizens United

By Sandy Haksi

Romney wasn't the only loser on election night. American voters resoundedly walloped Citizens United and the notion of corporate personhood by easily passing measures around the country to amend the Constitution and overturn the ruling.

At local and state levels, residents across party lines emphatically rejected the ruling that unleashed a tide of corporate spending in elections — and won every time! Even red states like Montana and Colorado that went to Romney saw a landslide of support with majorities of 70% and more.

The drive to get these initiatives on the ballot came from a coalition of groups including Move To Amend, Free Speech Is For People, and Common Cause. Kudos to all the volunteers and grassroots supporters who helped get them passed in their communities! Hopefully, this high level of support will send a strong message to Congress and push them into action.

For more, check out this Huffington Post article and head to MovetoAmend.org.


Tag(s): Activism & Protests, Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction, Citizens United Ruling, geopolitics, Move to Amend

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Comments(3)

On November 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM Adam Weiss wrote:
The Corporation is such an excellent movie and critique of the modern corporation, so I cannot understand why it is being promoted by a marketing company and access for educational use requires spending $195. What justification is there for making profit from what is clearly a critique of institutions devoted to maximizing...profit? Restricting educator use adds to the ridiculousness. Please see my blog post at politicalcreativity.net for a more detailed critique. I would be very interested in your response.

On December 17, 2012 at 09:24 AM Kangmas wrote:
, the film's thesis (as I unarnstded it) is pretty dead-on. I have worked in corporations large and small, including some of the world's most powerful ones, and at an executive level from which I was afforded a view beyond the cubes and right into the Board room and the CEO's office. And corporations are no different than bake sales, bowling leagues, or church congregations in that they are made up of just plain folks at all levels (yes, even at the executive level) at about the same frequency you'd find in any other assemblage of human beings: a few are very, very good, a few are very, very bad, and the great majority are neither, but are instead just regular folks, a little good, a little bad, mostly neither and just trying to get along/go along.But take that standard distribution of human nature and stir it up in the corporate rendering pot and here I'm talking corporations where big money is in play and the result is almost always pathological. The bad actors will generally rise to the top the sociopaths, the compulsive liars, the @ss-kissers, the amoral. This is so because short-term success is the only thing that is rewarded by shareholders, and thus by the CEO, and thus by the execs, and thus by the managers . And the quickest, surest route to short-term success, throughout all of human history, is to be the biggest SOB on the block. Let's face it: it works. In rare instances you can advance by being smarter, more creative, more insightful than everybody else (I like to think that's how I rose through the ranks, anyway), but there is a distinct glass ceiling to that aapproach. Really smart, really constructive guys are really not welcome at the top, whaich is the SOBs' Club.As a necessary consequence, the organization as a whole takes on an amoral character with a thin moral veneer just enough to keep us out of the paper, not enough to be an inconvenience. In that environment, good people swallow theirmorals every day, because getting fired is scary it is a Little Death for most folks. You have kids to feed, a mortgage to pay; you can't afford to rock the boat. You've signed a bargain with the devil. Only very infrequently do people actually say take this job and shove it . Mostly they keep their heads down and their mouths shut the attitude which has enabled every evil the world has ever known.So, yeah, overall I'd have to agree. It really makes very little (if any) difference how good a person you are. Once you've bought into the systemyour soul pretty much belongs to the system, and it ain't pretty.As for me, earlier this year I finally said I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more. And I couldn't be happier. Re-discovering my moral self is really exciting, and heartening.ub.

On December 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM Mark Moses wrote:
Can anyone tell me who funds the majority of the history books which are taught in U.S. schools? Thanks!

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