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Find Move to Amend Near You | Move to Amend

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This map from Move to Amend shows activity on resolutions that specifically address corporate personhood, and gives a sense of the scale and progress of the movement for political reform.

United for the People also maintains a list of local and state resolutions addressing corporate personhood: 
http://united4thepeople.org/local.html

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Monstrous Hybrids - Reason.com

Monstrous Hybrids - Reason.com | The Occupied Mind | Scoop.it

Using the trope of an extended discussion among characters from different professional backgrounds, Jacobs sets out to examine the moral codes that govern work. She finds two "syndromes"--two mutually exclusive collections of connect- ed traits, self-organized systems that have evolved over the long span of human history. They derive, she argues, from the two and only two ways humans as a species have of making a living: taking and trading. (Most animals have only taking, better known as hunting and gathering.) She dubs them the "guardian syndrome" and the "commercial syndrome."

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    Jane Jacob's model describes two very different ethical systems, and provides insight into the problem of intermingling market and state interests. "[Her] primary message ... is a warning: Inject a bit of commercial morality into guardian tasks, or vice versa, and you produce "monstrous hybrids." Some are truly horrific, such as the Nazis turning commercial-style efficiency toward genocide. Others are corrupting in more banal ways, such as defense contractors' insensitivity to costs or forfeiture used to fund police departments."

 

    The way that she differentiates between the conflicting ethical utilities of markets and states is very helpful. Both systems contribute value to the whole, and it is necessary to admit possible failures with each, and with the dynamics of their interdependent relationship, in order to ensure that both are able to serve their necessary purposes. Two parties could easily find fault with one or the other, argue their respective positions, and; both believe that they have identified the problem having only recognized fault with a part of a complex system, both make valid points, and both be wrong on account of oversimplifying the complexity of the system in their assessment.

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Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citiz...
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Lawrence Lessig and Joe Trippi founded Rootstrikers in April 2011. The organization is described as an, "… outsider's movement to get money out of politics and restore government to the people." http://www.rootstrikers.org/

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Represent.Us: Get Money Out. Get America Back.

Represent.Us: Get Money Out. Get America Back. | The Occupied Mind | Scoop.it
We still believe in America. So we hatched an audacious plan to free our country from the grip of special interests. The plan is built upon a bold new law called the American Anti-Corruption Act.
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Represent.Us is a great campaign, launched as a collaboration between several organizations including Rootstrikers and United Re:public.

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Find Move to Amend Near You | Move to Amend

Find Move to Amend Near You | Move to Amend | The Occupied Mind | Scoop.it

This map from Move to Amend shows activity on resolutions that specifically address corporate personhood, and gives a sense of the scale and progress of the movement for political reform.

United for the People also maintains a list of local and state resolutions addressing corporate personhood: 
http://united4thepeople.org/local.html

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Testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Citizens United

Testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Citizens United | The Occupied Mind | Scoop.it
Previewing prepared remarks on the negative impact of the 2012 Supreme Court decision
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In his testimony, Lessig speaks about the scope of the problem, and argues  that a reversal will not be a sufficient. He asserts that much more must be done to remedy the system, and done in a way that restores faith in the political process.

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Idiot’s Guide to the Amendments

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Seems like every time we turn our heads, someone's proposing a new constitutional amendment to fix the money in politics problem. We were a little overwhelmed a
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United Re:public is a bipartisan organization at the forefront of the problem with money corrupting politics. Just ignore the assertion that it takes an idiot to appreciate that all of these proposed ammendments are neatly summarized in one place. A review of possible solutions is a great way to develop a deeper understanding of the issue.

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The Corruption of Democracy

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I regard this as the most important political issue at present, so I picked this subject as the starting point here. There is more on the subject in the pearltree,

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The Stakeholder Strategy

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"This essay urges progressives to cease their efforts to amend the constitution to weaken corporate “personhood.” Instead, we need to focus on changing corporations themselves so that overturning Citizens United would be unnecessary. We should use this historical moment to nudge corporations closer to what the Supreme Court assumed they are in its Citizens Uniteddecision—“associations of citizens.” While the constitutional effort is defensive and palliative, a campaign to redesign the corporation itself would be affirmative and transformative. To cure Citizens United, we don’t have to amend the Constitution—we need to rethink corporations."

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This essay looks at the issue of corporate political influence from an angle that has generally been overlooked. Solutions of the kind proposed here could alter both the political dynamic and the scope of corporate responsibility at the same time. He makes a compelling case for changing the outdated rules of corporate governance.

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The Problem With Citizens United Is Not Corporate Personhood

The Problem With Citizens United Is Not Corporate Personhood | The Occupied Mind | Scoop.it

"… an aroused public can demand that Congress use its existing constitutional powers … to restore the traditional limits on court jurisdiction over the political question of private money in elections. … While substantial public pressure is still needed for Congress to pass this legislation with ordinary majority votes, the barrier to success is far lower than the two-thirds vote in each house and ratification by three-fourths of the states required for a constitutional amendment."

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Jack Abramoff: The lobbyist's playbook

Crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains how he asserted his influence in Congress for years, and how such corruption continues today despite ethics reform. L...
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Money and politics

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"An index based on the amount of lobbying that American firms do has outperformed the broader market since its creation in 2008; data going back to 1998 show that it has done better over the longer term, too."

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Explainer: How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

Explainer: How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation | The Occupied Mind | Scoop.it
Legal bribery is hurting the likes of Uber, Tesla, Airbnb, and Netflix.
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The slideshow gives a number of examples of how regulations are being used to stifle disruptive innovations in the marketplace.

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Larry Bartels on Income Inequality and Social Policy (complete interview)

Larry Bartels (Princeton University) discusses social policy and its effect on income inequality. This video is connected to American Politics Today, 2nd Edi...
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Bartels studied political inequality and economic inequality in an analysis of senators' voting behavior. In the conclusion he states:

"… the sheer magnitude of the disparities in representation documented here must be troubling to anyone who accepts Dahl’s (1971, 1) stipulation that “a key characteristic of a democracy is the continued responsiveness of the government to the preferences of its citizens, considered as political equals.” These disparities are especially troubling because they suggest the potential for a debilitating feedback cycle linking the economic and political realms: increasing economic inequality may produce increasing inequality in political responsiveness, which in turn produces public policies increasingly detrimental to the interests of poor citizens, which in turn produces even greater economic inequality, and so on. If that is the case, shifts in the income distribution triggered by exogenous technological forces may in time become augmented, entrenched, and immutable."

 

The paper can be found here: http://bit.ly/12lGcbS

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Noam Chomsky on Corporate Personhood: 2011

Reagan M. Sova asks Noam Chomsky a question about corporate personhood during Professor Chomsky's talk at the University of Colorado - Boulder on April 22, 2...
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