The Laws of Corporate Rule vs. Earth and The Environment

My Thoughts:  A recent Move To Amend email from Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap kindled this post.  I admit, I have a soft spot in my heart relating to Rachael Carson.  She was a marine biologist and conservationist who in 1962 wrote the environmental classic Silent Spring, where she “challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world.”  The book primarily looked at the flagrant agricultural uses of DDT and caused widespread controversy over that practice and the uses of pesticides in agriculture generally.  This book led me on a path to which I have stayed to date – being a vegetarian.  Interestingly, that choice continues to periodically be re-justified as yet another miracle pesticide or artificial product is found to be significantly harmful to man, the environment or both.  Often this is after corporations have push it on the public as fast and as hard as possible.  So where are we?
  • “An environmental awakening occurred following Rachel Carson’s book … an awakening that held no partisanship and quickly became a movement. This country was absolutely filthy; our air, water, and land polluted by unregulated corporations.”
  • “In 1970 and over the next few years, Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous other environmental laws and regulations were enacted under the Nixon Administration and Republican leadership, with huge bi-partisan support on the wave of support Carson and her followers built. Those safeguards were really quite effective, and continue to protect us today — in a dwindling sort of way.”
  • “‘Corporate persons’ didn’t sit idly by and let our right to clean air and water bite into their profits. They simply assaulted their friends in government with huge sums of money and began a propaganda campaign against science.  The cycle repeated itself until ‘Corporate Persons’ gained enough seats on the Supreme Court to undo any gains ‘We the People’ and the environment had made. It’s called Corporate Rule, and the Supreme Court doctrines of corporate Constitutional rights and money as speech make it possible.”

I believe “Corporate Person-hood” is the single most powerful and destructive principle impeding the application of democracy in the USA and around the world.  It permeates every aspect of the governing process and feeds directly into the spreading of inequality and the inability of our governments to function for “We The People”.  However, the problems are much more that just environmental, but this is as a good a place as any to start.

In celebration of EarthDay, please sign the Move to Amend petition below and keep this concept in mind, only supporting policies and candidates that believe and act accordingly – “CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE”.




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