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Plant People, Slavery, and Monsanto

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"Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants" is a fantastic book by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  It has changed the way I think about other-than-human life on this planet.The author (CLICK HERE) presents a convincing case that not just humans but all the plants and animals on earth are "people." There are the tree people, the grass people, the bird people, etc. This is not just cute semantics. It is a different way of relating, one that honors the indigenous (in the US, the Native American) perspective. Taken seriously, it will completely change your relationship with the denizens of the planet. Now that the Supreme Court has determined corporations are "persons" (CLICK HERE), it is only just that we acknowledge that the plants and animals around us are also "persons." Which brings me to Monsanto. This corporate person claims to own certain of our plant relations. Monsanto creates special strains of plants that are resistant to the chemical herbicides it (he?) also produces, and it engages in highly restrictive practices to keep these plants from being grown in any way other than by purchasing the seed from it. I submit that such ownership of living things amounts to slavery, which is illegal under US law.

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What is the remedy? It is really quite simple. All Monsanto patents that pertain to living beings should be declared null and void. Let’s set those slaves free! If you agree, send this post to all your friends and lets start a groundswell of support for freedom.

 

 

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Welcome to Corporate Personhood, Pfizer, Inc.

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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!

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