Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 3, 2011, 6:15 p.m. EST by tomp
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Someone mentioned something earlier on this forum about an amendment to the Constitution spelling out a U.S. citizen's economic rights. Though I believe this is a noble long-term goal, something more immediate is needed.
What you need now is a Declaration of sorts, one which spells out in simple and concise language the fundamental rights of individuals with respect to banks and corporations.
I suggest looking at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/) as a prime example. Despite not having any technical legal binding effect, it has become customary law over time and has the effect of law on all U.N. members.
Such a Declaration could serve several valuable purposes. For one, it could create a moral baseline which would eventually become customary law of sorts. What I mean by that is, though as of now it would not be legally binding law, it could have that effect over time if in the beginning you have a couple of big companies (i.e. Google, Starbucks, to name two fairly progressive and relatively non-greedy companies) who pledge to abide by this Declaration. Over time other companies, sensing its growing acceptance and legitimacy, may follow suit, lest they be considered relics of a greedy and archaic past. In this way, then, the Declaration could become an instrument exerting powerful moral pressure, where such pressure never previously existed.
Such a Declaration of the Economic Rights of U.S. Citizens could be written and accepted in the same manner in which all decisions made by the Protest have up to now: a dynamic process of pure democracy in which anyone and everyone has a say. It could potentially be a very exciting process, and I for one would love to be a part of it. If you were to do this, please let me know, and I will help in any way I can.
- Tom P.