Excerpt from Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance by John G. Vibes
In 1868, just a few years after Lincoln’s assassination, congress passed the 14th amendment which was apparently designed to give rights to freed slaves. While freed slaves did receive some kind of legal recognition through this act, it still changed nothing about the reality of their situation.
However, the 14th amendment carried with it the insidious government granted legal privilege of corporate personhood. This was a point that corporate lawyers concealed within the language of the amendment to give corporations more legal power in the courts, as well as give the courts more power in the realm of business. The corporate personhood clause states that corporations deserve the same rights that are apparently guaranteed to a “person” or “citizen” in the Constitution. Since this act was in place, corporations have been legally considered a “person” in the court of law. This was such a serious implication because now the people that are actually behind the actions of the “corporation” can no longer be held accountable for the crimes that they commit in the name of said corporation. This kind of idea is not new, this has always been the policy preferred by the ruling class, as it allows them to commit atrocities and get away with it.
In the 18th century in the parliament of England, Edward Thurlow said “Corporations have neither bodies to be punished, nor souls to be condemned; they therefore do as they like.”Thurlow was as right then as he is today, if people that run corporations are not personally held accountable for the actions they commit at the head of that corporation, then they will take advantage of that and do whatever they want. The same goes for government as well; governments and corporations are both proxies that the ruling class hides behind to avoid punishment for their crimes.
There’s nothing wrong with owning and running a “business” or a “company”, entities which are completely different from a corporation. A corporation is an entity which is legally protected and subsidized by the government, while a company is a privately owned business that depends on its reputation to survive, instead of special privileges and handouts. Unfortunately, in today’s markets even the most well intentioned small business owners are forced to become corporate themselves just to contend with all of the licensing and regulation that is required by the government. When the government talks about “regulation” they are typically ignoring the major corporations, but regulating the small fry competition that threatens to disrupt the monopolistic nature of the current industry. This situation is often called “regulatory capture” and is a type of “corporate welfare”
It became apparent early in the 20th century that the 14th amendment had nothing to do with equal rights for freed slaves. By 1910 there were 307 cases brought before the judicial court in which the 14th amendment was cited, 19 of them cases were freed slaves fighting for equal rights, while 288 of them cases were corporations delegating for legal position. This legal loophole allows corporations to claim the same rights as a human being, which in turn makes it impossible to hold anyone accountable in the industry. This is one of the major reasons why we have huge monopolies in the energy, food and medical markets. Through the course of American history the aristocracy has consistently pushed for protections for their corporations and extension of their powers. Meanwhile the individual rights of citizens have been relentlessly attacked and continue to dwindle as time passes.
In the beginning of the 20th century, corporate corruption was one of the most debated topics of the time. In 1906 in an attempt to gather support and distance himself publicly from the aristocracy, the president at the time Theodore Roosevelt said “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.” Unfortunately, just like many other presidents, Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the white house was spent protecting the aristocracy instead of policing it. What he was really looking to do was expand the size and reach of government and in order to gain public support for the cause he latched on to a key issue of the time and sought to exploit that issue for political gain. Theodore Roosevelt came to be known as a “trust breaker” and a hero for the common man exactly as he had intended to, but this of course was only campaign politics, as it always is.
This kind of hypocritical pandering is a typical part of the American political process and is seen to this day. The same way that Obama got “elected” on promises of closing Guantanamo bay, ending the war in Iraq and getting tough on big business, yet did nothing of the sort once he got into office. He actually ended up expanding the war into a half dozen different countries and signing a bill that authorized the indefinite detainment of American citizens without trial. The same way George Bush condemned the corrupt behavior of “a few bad apples” on Wall Street like Enron, but before Enron was exposed as a fraudulent organization, the CEO Ken Lay was a top consideration for Bush‘s “secretary of energy“.
In short, the government and corporations are on the same team, and in many cases the reason why certain corporations enjoy monopolies, is because of legal protections and financial subsidies provided by government.
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