Why Do Corporations Have More Rights Than You Do
LinkLanguage for this page: http://bit.ly/CorporateRightsTemp
- All at 2-4pm
- Tue Nov 22, Tue Nov 29 - Location TBD - was Occupy Portland Library Workshop tent
Paul Cienfuegos leads these workshops, he has 15 years experience in this field.
Pink Martini show speech
Pioneer Square follow up
If 38 people in a small group, here is the intro for Community Rights
Feel free to print and distribute the flier, here is the File:CorporateConstitutionalRightsFlier.pdf to download.
- Back / Front
- Inside Left / Inside Right
- Frances Moore Lappe: "Growing up in America, we were taught that we inherited a democracy. No one told us that we ourselves had to create one."
- President Grover Cleveland worried in 1888 that: "Corporations, which should be carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people's masters."
- Thomas Jefferson: "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when the government falls into the hands of banking institutions and monied incorporations."
- Thomas Jefferson: I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
- Alexis de Tocqueville: Can it be believed that the democracy which overthrew the feudal system and vanquished kings will retreat before tradesmen and capitalists?
- Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S President, 1876-1880: "This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations."
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any controlling private power."
- They hang the man, and flog the woman
- That steals the goose from off the common
- But let the greater villain loose,
- That steals the commons from the goose.
- Medieval rhyme
- Howard Zinn, in "Failure to Quit": "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience... Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem."
- "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. ...Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem."
- "The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy."
- --Alex Carey, "Taking The Risk Out of Democracy"
- Without power and independence, a town may contain good subjects but it can contain no active citizens. Alexis de Tocqueville
- "We wish not to seize power, but to exercise it."
- --Subcommandante Marcos
- Zapatista Army of National Liberation
- "...A society is democratic to the extent that people in it have meaningful opportunities to take part in the formation of public policy."
- -- Noam Chomsky.