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January 16, 2012

Will Colbert and Stewart's Mitt The Serial Killer Ad Make Corporate Personhood a Presidential Election Issue?

By Rob Kall

Corporate personhood has not been an issue that's been on the table in terms of presidential campaigns or debates. That was until the superpac Stephen Colbert just transferred to Jon Stewart, Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow, created an ad that pulls together a quote from Romney, affirming that corporations are people, with the idea of executing corporations. Is "Mitt the Ripper a Serial Killer? Read on.

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One of the most cited signs at occupy wallstreet locales has been one with the message "I won't believe corporations are people until Texas executes one."

Corporate personhood is a major issue at occupy wallstreet. Finally, ten years after Thom Hartmann wrote his landmark book, Unequal Protection, on the book, the issue is getting traction, with several bills in the house and senate and a new book by Jeff Clements, Corporations Are Not People just released. 

Still, this has not been an issue that's been on the table in terms of presidential campaigns or debates. That was until the superpac Stephen Colbert just transferred to Jon Stewart,   Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow,  created an ad that pulls together a quote from Romney, affirming that corporations are people, with the idea of executing corporations. 

The ad accuses Romney of being a serial killer because his company has acquired then disposed of corporations-- hence, killing them.

It suggests that as a person who has "killed multiple companies, he is like "Mitt The Ripper."


image from ad by  SuperPAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow


The ad shows a scene from an imaginary maternity ward, with the voice-over "If you believe that corporations are people...


image from ad by  SuperPAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow



 It ends with a CGI mashup of Romney happily putting the logos of companies he presumably "killed" through a wood chipper. 



image from ad by  SuperPAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow



Sadly, it does not look like the corpstream media, even MSNBC, are taking the cue to discuss corporate personhood as an issue. After all, the megacorporations which own the MSM don't want to give up the rights of personhood. The answer-- share this youtube video with your friends. At the time of this posting, there are about 4500 views for the youtube video. It would be nice to see a few million views. 

This is a helpful video for all who support abolishment of corporate personhood even though it takes Colbert's usual tongue in cheek approach-- supporting a conservative issue that is totally deserving of opposition. 

Recent radio show interviews I've done on Corporate personhood:



Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

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