One of the US founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, once said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” How do we become informed in the so-called “post-truth” era?
I’ve just read a very detailed analysis of the world after Paris by Rabbi Michael Lerner. This article comes as close as anything I have read so far to suggest what we in the West can do to heal this violent and fragmented world of ours.
From the west, Syria, the Mediterranean, and Europe may seem far away, but they are very close to us, here in Spain. Take the time to be moved by this powerful TED story.
We are here in Catalonia on a historic day. The local parliament just declared that it is a separate state from Spain. Stay tuned for more.
In 2009 the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations are, for all intents and purposes, people. Many of my liberal (now considered “progressive”) colleagues have been howling about this ruling, but I am all for it. In fact, I am what you might call a “super patriot” on this issue. I welcome these new persons to our midst. Corporations, as newly minted persons, should be subject to the same laws as the rest of us. Pfizer, for instance, has been convicted several times for illegal marketing of drugs. (CLICK HERE) I submit that this illegal marketing has caused the death of one or more persons, so I accuse Pfizer of premeditated murder—murder in the first degree. If you agree with me, please spread this post far and wide until the public outcry brings this criminal to justice.
If Pfizer is convicted, and I’m sure it (he?) would be, I would go for the death penalty, which for corporations should be the revocation of its corporate status. It would be dissolved and its assets sold. The net proceeds from these sales would be distributed to the shareholders, or perhaps to the population at large. Pfizer would simply cease to exist.
After you share this post with all your friends, start thinking of other corporate murderers that we can bring to justice. (Does Monsanto come to mind?) How many will we have to “execute” before the rest of corporate America starts acting like good, law-abiding citizens? Start your letter-writing campaigns now! Long live corporate personhood!