Here is something …

Posted: March 26, 2012 in ALL POSTS, News Rants
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…I would love to discuss with the Supreme Court before they make their decision after their current re-examination of  Citizens United  during which they will decide once and for all whether corporations should or should not be given the same rights as people — that corporations are actually people.  I maintain that in at least one vital aspect, I do not believe that corporations merit human status.  In my view, the most important thing that makes one human is a conscience or at least the capacity to develop one.    Not having a conscience is in-human.   We often hear such individuals as Stalin, Hitler, Bundy and Dahmer referred to as in-human precisely because they all were sociopaths — did not have the capacity for conscience.

Corporations also have no capacity for conscience.  Of course individuals within corporations can act with conscience, but decisions about operation of the corporation are made based on the bottom line — profit — always.   In fact  the characteristics of a sociopath that are defined in the DSM IV(Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition) , the official journal that that has an extensive list of mental disorders.  The characteristics of this disorder are listed and they look like a list of normal corporate activities to me.  instead of sociopath, the official term for the disorder is  antisocial personality disorder is used and according to the manual this disorder is characterized by the identified existence of at least 3 of the following:

  1. Callous unconcern for the feelings of others
  2. Gross and persistent attitude of irresponsibility and disregard for social norms, rules, and obligations.
  3. Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships, though having no difficulty in establishing them
  4. Very low tolerance to frustration and a low threshold for discharge of aggression, including violence.
  5. Incapacity to experience guilt or to profit from experience, particularlypunishment.
  6. Markedly prone to blame others or to offer plausible rationalizations for the behavior that has brought the person into conflict with society

Corporations continually break the above rules, often all of them simultaneously.  I therefore strongly insist that Justices Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, Kagen, Roberts, Ginsberg, Soto-mayor and Burger find that corporations are not people.  If any of them do not, then it will confirm my worst suspicions that at least three if not four of these judges are squarely in corporate pockets and have questionable human status as well.

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