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Corporations Are People

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Message Tom Aiken

Corporations Are People

I'm getting tired of hearing the old saw casting "corporations" as nothing more than engines of profit, separate entities apart from human intervention, ugly self-sufficient teflon monsters roaming the streets like coyotes in search of house pets in the dead of night.

It goes beyond any Supreme Court rulings -- personhood for tax status and some pull in the statehouse. No, as malignant as that might be, this next undocumented step, a growing attitude edging us into the abyss, conveys the impression that the corporation is, in and of itself, a living, breathing entity greater than you and me and the rest of humanity combined -- like those futurist computers in "The Terminator," only a hundred times worse. It's not official. But it is. You figure it out.

"But it's just business," is almost always the response when the subject of corporate responsibility arises. "Oh, it's just the market," they'll lie, a lie repeated ad infinitum by a throughly corrupted media, as in on the con as the conners themselves, when the market sours. "It's not our fault," they'll bleat when the corporation caves or bites too hard. "It can't be our fault. After all, corporations aren't people."

I beg to differ. Corporations are people, and not just for the election cycle, either. And how can I make this bold assertion? Well, lemme tell'ya --

There's something everyone seems to forget in the midst of all the cocktail party rationalizations about American Business, that one dazzlingly obvious fact we always seem to miss; that one dazzlingly obvious fact that we're being screwed over by a bunch of rich old scumbags God's probably still shaking his head about, wondering just how in the hell he could've created creatures quite so evil.

Let's look at some of the players:

First, we have the Koch brothers, puddles of human excrement somehow animated and turned loose on an unsuspecting public. Both rich as sin, their draconian business practices reveal a corporation (series of corporations actually) only too happy to encourage employees' immersion in some of most carcinogenic substances known to man, but also gifted with the temerity to lie about it straight-faced. These guys suck.

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Tom Aiken is a writer based in Austin, Texas. He has written for numerous publications including The Village Voice, Heavy Metal amd M'Zine (RIP). Mr. Aiken also has a spanking new blog -- AikenLand -- for publication of his more unpublishable work. (more...)
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