Re: [sixties-l] Fwd: How do we win?

From: Carrol Cox (
Date: Sat Jul 01 2000 - 21:39:29 CUT

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    radman wrote:

    > From: "Eddie Black" <>
    > Subject: RE: How do we win?
    > [snip]
    > None of these are our enemy. Our enemy is the idea that a corporate entity
    > has the same rights, under the Constitution, as an American does.

    This won't quite do for several reasons. First of all, a dog might bite you
    but the idea of a dog won't. And, the Constitution meaning whatever
    judges say it means, corporate entities do in material fact have not only
    the same rights under the constituion as an American does but *more*
    rights. A corporation can't be sent to the gas chamber, for example, or
    beaten up by the police.

    But where did this right come from? Corporations did not in fact become
    central to the u.s. economy until well *after* the Court gave them
    protection under the 14th amendment. In other words the right came
    first, and that right was created by people very like the small shop
    owners that this post defends -- that is, small shop owners who wanted
    to become big owners. That's the trouble with little independent
    businessmen. They eventually eat each other up and the remainder become
    big corporate businessmen.

    It really is misleading to blame the big bad corporations. You should read
    Upton Sinclair's *Brass Check*, written a century ago, not about big
    corporations but about the individual and independent newspapaper owners
    who some people are so nostalgic for. Those independent publishers were
    every bit as nasty as any of the big media congomerates today. The publisher
    of the News Palladium in my home town of Benton Harbor Michigan used
    to publish lies every bit as vicious as any now published in the Wall St.
    Journal or any of the big conglomerates today.


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