Tonight is the first 2013 meeting of our local Nevada County Move to Amend coalition. We are part of a national coalition that is working to pass a constitutional amendment that would abolish corporate personhood and make clear that money is not the same as free speech.
Why get back to work on this issue? We’ve all got many other important things going on in our lives. (I’ve got my grandchildren to play with, for instance.)
Passing a constitutional amendment in order to make it possible for human beings to limit corporate power may be a long shot. The concept of corporate personhood seems abstract, not so easy to understand. And we know that there will be huge opposition to such a movement, with large corporations spending millions on lawyers, lobbyists, and media campaigns.
Still, it’s worth a try. Since the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision, many people have become concerned about corporate domination of the political process, and they may get on board with an amendment to limit corporate power. To me, such a constitutional amendment is the most direct path we have to challenging corporate rule and making possible a democracy of, by, and for the people instead of of, by, and for the corporations.
Read more that I have written on this topic in “Democracy is for People,” adapted from an article published last May in Response Magazine. Our Nevada County Move to Amend is on FaceBook. Find out more about the national campaign at the Move to Amend website.
Corporate domination of culture, economy, and politics affects every issue of concern and everything that is of value in life. Find out more and join in the effort to amend the constitution and limit corporate power.