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Corporations Are Not People, But The People Who Compose Them Are

I suppose that, in the face of Citizens United, demanding that corporations should not be People is now the new fad.

This was never the case with me.

It is simply, Prima Facie (on the face of it), that corporations, which have not an expiration, nor a Corpus Delecti (think, a gravestone), amongst other oddities, do not quite fit the general description of Persons, nor, as a whole, People, who are themselves rather distinct.

It is with this in mind that I do propose a new set of Rules which shall govern corporations. These rules hearken back to the days of the founding of The Dutch East India Company, which was, and still remains, the very first corporation to come into being, way back in the year 1602 Anno Domini. It itself was only chartered originally for 21 years, but quite obviously, things in this regard have gotten very far out of hand.

We, The People, should now exercise our Collective Will to remand these entities and their progeny back into a more manageable state. I have some ideas.

1) Corporations must be chartered. This really sounds obvious, but it is really not so. Today (and only the other day I in fact have done this), corporations can be created by any individual person or entity without limit. They can exist only by the stroke of my (or anyone’s) pen.

This is not the way it used to be.

Corporations used to be created to perform a duty, and would so be regulated by a chartering commission (now the Commerce Division or some such), and could not become chartered unless they were to serve some obvious purpose.

Corporations should be chartered by a body with actual oversight which can rule on whether their charter is valid.

2) Corporations must serve the Public Good. This is another baby which was thrown out with the bathwater.

Corporations, in their original charter, must state for what Public Good they will provide. The Chartering Commission will have due public input to hear the yeas and nays of why and why not the new corporation will or will not serve the Public Good.

It is ultimately up to the People to determine what, if anything, is in the Public Good.

3) Corporations shall exist for a definite amount of time, during which, they shall either perform or not perform, according to their charter, the stated Public Good via which they were originally chartered.

If a corporation fails to perform in the Public Good, according to the dictum set forth in its charter, then the charter and so the corporation’s license to operate, shall be revoked. This extends to that corporations must pay their fair share of taxes and not outsource their labor to foreign countries, but provide work for those in Our Nation.

An annual renewal of all corporate charters should be the litmus test, and that renewal should be held in public, with public approval.

4) Corporations are not a shield for liability, but a “collection of fools” over which that liability is spread.

I could write a number of names of corporations here which would bring up horrific images of disaster to most folk. I will not, but rather I will focus on what can be done to improve corporate liability.

The limited liability which corporations now enjoy should extend only between its members (who are actual People and not other corporations), so as not to exclude any member from liability, so long as that member has any part in the issue from which the liability had originated.

If there was one bad apple in the corporation, and that one apple made the Gulf Oil Spill or Bhupal, then it is solely up to the other members of the corporation to prove their innocence, or, otherwise, the entire “ship of fools” goes down and shares plural personal liability.

This may just be a start. Please tell me what other rules governing corporations which you would like to see. I am very open to popular opinion on this matter.

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On “Change”, Understanding, and Personal And Corporate Responsibility

Hello, my name is Michael Oatman and I am running for President of these United States of America.

People in this campaign are using the word “change” so much anymore that is becoming nothing more than a buzzword.

But speaking about change without understanding the true nature of the problems facing this nation is really nothing more than giving simple lip service.

Similarly, talking about these problems without addressing the root cause is much the same, like pulling up a weed but neglecting to take up the roots.

The root causes of which I am talking stem from the policies of several organizations in this country — and abroad — and the members of those organizations are often in government and are leaders of big business, and often their allegiances cross party lines, because of a dialectical policy, which is the nature of these organizations.

I will name some of the organizations of which I speak, and some names may be familiar to you: the Council on Foreign Relations, the Project for the New American Century, the Bildeburg Group, the Trilateral Commission, the Heritage Foundation.

These organizations’ primary objective is to attempt to control and direct the future of this nation and the world.

Their goal is to eventually form a one world government, a New World Order, over which they will have a direct control, or they may have an indirect control, but if so only through the same manipulative practices.

The manifestation of that goal in this nation is seen in what Greg Palast so adeptly calls “The Bush Cycle”, where we see leaders from business becoming lobbyists or even presidents and vice presidents, or secretaries of defense, and then when their term is done — or their lies are discovered and they are forced to resign — they retreat back into the business sector.

Now, at first blush, that seems fine, to augment a distinguished career in the business world with one in public service, but this is not the sum of it.

What happens is that these people will bring their industry’s concerns to their roles as head of some oversight agency or another, but that agency which they are heading seems always to be the one which provides oversight to the industry of which they had just been a part. As such, industry always gets its way.

Then when they retreat back into the shadows of the world of big business they are rewarded handsomely for providing taxpayer-funded windfalls to that industry.

Now, why this mechanism happens to be the vehicle for control in this nation is because of the nature of corporations in the United States.

The laws in this nation are largely written by corporations, for corporations, and at the expense of the public and the resources of the public, with the blessing of the judiciary.

There is legally no liability of a corporation to the public at large, but only a responsibility to the stockholders to maintain the highest return possible to those investors.

Corporations are neither required to recognize any externalities which may figure into their computations on how to maximize their profits, nor are they required to work for the public good.

In fact, corporations are essentially required to do neither of these things in order to keep the profits up for shareholders.

What a quandry.

Some people consider this to be a “Culture of Greed” which started in the 1980s under president Ronald Reagan, but it goes much further back.

Please see the Timeline of Personhood Rights and Powers for detailed information on this subject.

Corporations used to be chartered for a specific, time-defined purpose, for a particular common good which was spelled out in their charter, and would dissove after that.

Nowadays, corporations are global in scale, timeless in scope, and We the People seem to be getting more powerless against their collective will, all with the help of the judiciary, but mostly the Supreme Court.

This is why we see that this so-called “Culture of Greed” has manifestations in all areas of corporate malfeasence, namely: the mortgage and housing crises, global outsourcinng and national job level migration to the service sector, the health care crisis, the worsening quality fo good and particularly toys, environmental destruction and climate change — or if you prefer — Global Warming, the skyrocketing prices of oil and gas, and the total lack of development of alternative energies in this nation to name only a few.

Furthermore, this influx of corporate leaders into the highest echelons of government has produced: all of the wars and secrecy surrounding those wars, spying on the people of these United States of America, massive constitutional subversion and an extreme rise in power of the executive branch of the federal government, the absence of any meaningful campaign finance reform or restrictions on lobbyists, and massive, massive foreign policy errors which have the potential to set our nation back for years before those errors are healed.

When I am elected, I will call on all of us to teach and or require that corporations begin and continue to act responsibly toward the people of this nation and toward the resources of the people of this nation.

We can do this if we are determined and we act as if we are even more determined.

Let us all vote for Michael Oatman on election day 2008 and let us all Take The Power Back!

Thank You,
Michael Oatman

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