Court Declares Corporations Are People, Some Human Beings Are Not

Nobody here really needs any more “proof” just how incredibly screwed up things are in this country. But we all know it can get worse then it already is.

Well, here you go. This is unbelievably outrageous.

12/02/08 “Reclaim Democracy” – — – In evaluating allegations that U.S. military forces deprived four British men of human rights during two years they were held captive in Guantanamo Bay prison, a U.S. appeals court found an innovative way to let the Bush administration off the hook. Two of three judges ruled the men — because they are not U.S. citizens and, technically, were not imprisoned in the U.S. — were not legally “persons” and, therefore, had no rights to violate.

While those judges were defying common sense and decency by denying legal personhood to living human beings, an appeals court in Boston has been reviewing an April 2007 decision by Federal Judge Paul Barbadoro that engaged in a different form of judicial activism — granting human rights to corporations.

Barbadoro struck down a New Hampshire law that prevented pharmaceutical corporations from learning exactly what drugs doctors prescribe and how much they prescribe. The law aims to protect doctors and, indirectly, their patients, from drug companies pressuring doctors to choose their products.

The judge’s grounds? He claims corporations, as legal persons, have “free speech rights” that would be infringed by such a measure.

The real issue in these cases (Maine recently passed a similar law) isn’t free speech at all; it’s manipulation and control. The drug salespeople only will decide what to say after poking into the doctors’ prescription records. Under the guise of protecting speech, Judge Barbadoro denied both legitimate privacy rights of doctors and key protections to ensure patients are prescribed drugs based on their medical situation, not pressure applied to their physician.

Taken together, these two rulings are a perplexing and dangerous development. The founding principle of our country is right in the Declaration of Independence: all people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” It is not for judges to decide who is and who is not a human being. Court Declares Corporations Are People, Some Human Beings Are Not

Fictitious entities are not natural persons and never will be. Already totally unaccountable for their actions because of this very reason, fictional entities will enjoy “dual status”, usurping even the basic rights of natural born humans. Do you understand what this means? The corporation in other words, will become “super humans”, governing and dictating and trampling any and all that get in their way.

Of course, I’m referring to the court and the legal system which has permitted this atrocity. Already the corporations govern all aspects of life, now they will be these super-entities that triumph over natural human rights.

This is unbelievably outrageous. Only in this fucked up country of America could this happen (as far as I know). Promoting the corporation above the individual.

I just want “Girl From Monday” or something like that, a fictional movie that gave the corporations control over every aspect of life. Simply having sex without credit or saying something negative or derogatory or even displeasing to someone could change their “credit worthiness” based upon their insured self-esteem, and you could be sued. The corporations had become supernumerary powers over everything else, governing every aspect of life with a hammer-fist of economic control.

It’s eerily similar to some of the developments that have taken place in this country. So now, non-Americans are neither human nor have any human rights. Can you spell p.l.a.n.t.a.t.i.o.n.? Doesn’t this remind you of something? Like colonial rule, where the invaders deem all non-whites as aliens? Except in this case, it’s even worse, it’s all non-Americans.

I am truly embarrassed to be living in this country anymore. This isn’t America, it’s colonial fascism.  Dare we challenge the “East India” company of America?  If we don’t, we will soon discover we aren’t humans anymore either, just economic slave-units with no rights whatsoever.

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9 thoughts on “Court Declares Corporations Are People, Some Human Beings Are Not

  • February 13, 2008 at 10:05 am
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    This business of a corporation being equated with a person is nothing new. Precedent was set in the Supreme Court early in the 20th century.

    Yes it is insane.

    The interesting thing is that corporations have it both ways. They are individuals when it serves their purposes, and officers are shielded from liability by their structure.

    Thom Hartmann has really raised some hell about this issue. He feels that corporate personhood under US law is responsible for the mess we find ourselves in. It is pretty clear that multi-nationals run everything now, this personhood crap seals the deal. For instance, conservatives argue that campaign finance reform is an abridgment of the constitutional guarantee of “free speech” for the corporations. Huh?

    Far be it from any politician to prohibit a corporation from anything, after all, the check is always in the mail. Always.

    Maybe the coming collapse will flush out some of this bullshit. We can only hope.

  • February 13, 2008 at 10:49 am
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    Yes, that corporations are afforded the ‘rights’ of an individual (but not the responsibility/liability thereof) is NOT new, or news. TMK, that a live person can be considered non-human under “law” is (officially) ‘new’ – at least to me.

    So, Corps are peeps but sheeple are perps ! Just about explains it all, now don’t it?

    BTW, I ‘bushing’ dare anyone to attempt to enforce that bushit locally (here).

  • February 13, 2008 at 11:44 am
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    No worries because this is a future event from the date posted. 12/02/08 has not happened yet I think?

  • February 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm
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    Since today is 13/02/08, someone needs a wake-up call.
    But, true, definitely no worries here. I’ve always felt I’d go out in blazing glory even if I am now a non-human. C’est la mort.

  • February 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm
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    The supreme court never ruled that a corporation is a person. What actually happened was that a clerk wrote a note at the top of a decision which was later cited as precedent. This completely insane twisting of the process has gone on to completely ruin, well, essentially the world.

  • February 13, 2008 at 10:13 pm
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    Artificial, fictional entities (corporations) can never be a “person”, yet I well realize how they have become something “more then human” in our world today. And I think this is totally outrageous.

    Natural rights are rights that are inherited to every human, irrespective of nation, laws, treaty or arbitrary “decisions” by black-robed thugs. Laws are meant to protect both rights and natural persons. Only natural persons can actually have natural rights – anything else defies common sense.

    If the courts can now rule that corporations have natural rights, then they can also rule that humans have no natural rights. In other words, place themselves as the sole arbitrator of such rights. Since the courts are handpicked, then any Administration can then decide who or what has natural rights or not. Rights will have become a political weapon, and that is exactly how they are being used.

    And they will be used to destroy us all. Take this concept further and realize that if natural rights are no longer ours as humans, but can be either bestowed or recognized in fictional entities, then we humans have nothing – nothing at all. We have neither the right to life, the right to liberty, the right to freedom or the even the right to die. We become non-persons, quite similar to how we treat animals.

    Animals have no basic rights like humans do, other then those enforced (barely) by the courts that decide on the “humane treatment” of animals, or a status designation such as “endangered”. Yet animals are widely exploited and abused on this planet, even more so then humans by a rather huge margin.

    If then, humans have less rights then corporations, we too can then be treated like we treat animals today and become terribly exploited, far worse then it is already today. We become property in a legal sense, something that can be exploited or protected or even disposed of at whim (law).

    The courts have demonstrated that they do not recognize inalienable rights, and can “decide for us” what rights we have and have not. Yet this is outrageous, because natural rights do not even recognize “law”, being the supreme rights of every living human in the universe. Laws are subject to such rights and are meant to serve these rights and protect them – not usurp them.

    This is a huge atrocity in reality, because you being born into this life can be declared as “non-human” with no rights, and no protection under ANY law, treaty or agreement – anywhere the world. The courts could simply declare any nation, race, tribe, village or political belief as being “illegal” and any guilty of such could be declared non-humans and could simply be disposed with. Can you say genocide?

    We’re not “there yet”, but we may be well on our way in reality.

    If life and liberty and freedom and even being “human” is now something to be decided by political appointment and is not recognized as inherent natural law, then we are indeed a species that should go self-extinct, because we deserve nothing better, having failed to recognize or protect that which is truly inalienable, irrespective of any damned “law” or arbitrary decision by a bunch of hired thugs who declare themselves and their asinine decisions above all humans.

  • February 14, 2008 at 4:11 am
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    1886 case, Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad

    This was supposedly a “clerical error”. The supreme court did not correct it though, and corporate personhood has been incorporated in legal arguments since. Thom Hartmann has hammered this issue. A useful summary is at the link below:

    http://www.thomhartmann.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=373&Itemid=79

    I don’t have any financial relationship with
    Thom Hartmann, but I think he is one of the
    most important thinkers of our time. He is politically a green. He also wrote the “Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight” on the energy problem/oil crisis. This book inspire DeCaprio’s “11th Hour”, on the climate crisis, due to be released in April.

    I admire Thom Hartmann’s willingness to be so positive in view of overwhelming data that all the big games are done, it’s just a matter of when the scores are settled.

  • February 14, 2008 at 9:17 am
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    “All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.” – George Orwell

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