Only a "Separation of Corp. & State" can transform this plutocracy back into the democratic nation we once had. Politicians should not be held hostage by the corporate donations that help elect them into office. This corrupt system needs to be uprooted to lead the way for a government by, for and of the people. The time to take this country back from special interest groups and their stranglehold on our domestic & foreign policies is now. The only solution: Mass Protest !!!
1% = Corporations; who seem to have more influence in politics than...
America's founding fathers wisely enshrined the separation of church and state in the Constitution. Eliminating religious control of government created a unique new culture of religious tolerance and individual freedom. The result was a nation that people flocked to, from all around the globe. Those areas of the world in which there is no such
But our nation's founders had no way to foresee the rise of the modern international conglomerate that owes allegiance to nothing beyond its own profitability. Lacking that superhuman foresight, they failed to establish the separation of corporation and state.
The separation of corporation and state is, in fact, simply a more general version of an already-established principle. The separation of church and state establishes the idea that when a powerful social organization becomes intimately involved in the political process, directing its activities and enacting legislation that furthers its interests at the expense of others, the result is harmful to society. The separation of corporation and state is merely an extension of that principle.
To achieve the separation of corporation and state, the following principles must be established:
A corporation is not a person. Corporations do not have rights. Individuals have rights. Corporations have privileges granted to them by government, which was formed to act on behalf of the people.
Corporations improve their profits by failing to be responsible for pollution or the welfare of others. That gives the least responsible corporations an unfair advantage in a competitive marketplace. To redress that balance, government is free to tax an individual corporation to the degree that it burdens society--both with direct costs and with the costs of inspection and enforcement that would be unnecessary if the corporation were acting as a conscientious contributor to the public good.
Government can then set tax rates to promote the general welfare, lowering the tax rate for particularly conscientious corporations, and raising it for corporations that seek to profit at the expense of the public.
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Oct. 9, 2011