Turns out Thom will be speaking tonight and tomorrow night, (thursday Oct 3) at Liberty Hall at 7 p.m and I didn't catch where tonight. It seemed that the main focus is that there is proof that corporations have seized control of our government, and what we can do about it. |
So, here are some things I found out, first a press release from Thom Mulderick at Rodale Books, and a letter of recommendation for this book, followed by some words of praise from other well-known authors that have written about corporate dominance over the past decade or more. BTW, on KBOO, Thom advocated borrowing rather than buying this hardback; says he is less interested in selling it than in getting the word out about what we can do about corporate personhood rights --he has distributed a few copies around town, and hopefully will leave some at Laughing Horse Books and libraries for folks to check out.
HAVE CORPORATIONS SEIZED CONTROL OF OUR GOVERNMENT?
In UNEQUAL PROTECTION (Rodale/October 2002), author Thom Hartmann points out what he sees as corporate abuse of the Bill of Rights:
- Corporations defy Congress and government investigators, hiding accounting crimes and evidence of cancer-causing products by claiming that Fifth Amendment "human rights" against having to confess to crimes apply to corporations.
- Chemical companies block EPA officials from investigating illegal cancer-causing emissions, and giant factories block OSHA inspectors from investigation workers' claims of workplace dangers, claiming Fourth Amendment "human rights" of privacy apply to corporations (although they also claim that humans, when entering corporate property, must surrender all their privacy rights.)
- Big businesses defy towns, counties and states, claiming that when local people try to regulate them or prevent them from wiping out small businesses, the local citizens are violating the big corporations' Fourteenth Amendment "human rights" against discrimination by race or creed.
- Corporations claim First Amendment "human rights" to manipulate political opinion with multi-million dollar ad campaigns and cash to politicians...and further claim their free speech "human rights" to stretch the truth in advertising, PR, and other public statements, and to overthrow FCC regulations guaranteeing local and independent media.
- Using the First Amendment to claim the same right as humans to express themselves, companies won approval to spend whatever they want on lobbyists in Washington. As of this writing, there are roughly 38 registered lobbyist for every member of Congress -over 20,000 total - and 138 of them are former members of Congress.
UNEQUAL PROTECTION The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights, By Thom Hartmann
Corporate America has the nation's attention. One corporate scandal seems to unfold on the heels of another. Media reports unveil corporate misdees that rock the trust of American investors and unfortunately leave many average citizens robbed of their retirement funds. Lawmakers promise to enact legislation that will put a stop to fraudulent practices in corporations. The big question is: how did this happen in America" The answer according to UNEQUAL PROTECTION (Rodale/October 2002) lies in the concept called "corporate personhood"
UNEQUAL PROTECTION unmasks what amounts to a factual error made by a court reporter in 1886. The reporter claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that "corporations are persons" in the Santa Clara County v. Union Pacific Railroad case. If you read the case itself, you will find that in reality the court did NOT make that ruling. Over time that mistake was accepted as fact. The consequences of this were tremendous.
In UNEQUAL PROTECTION, author Thom Hartmann outlines the history of corporations in America and highlights the profound effect "corporate personhood has had on America. As it stands now, the misinterpretation of an 1886 Supreme Court cas has led to corporations having the same rights as "persons." Clearly the current corporate legal structure has failed the average American.
Hartmann offers specific actions that can be taken by citizens, courts, legislatures and local communities to help remedy this legal blunder. A blunder that Hartmann says has led to the virtual takeover of our political and legal processes by corporations. His call to action urges citizens to work at revoking corporate personhood and restoring human rights to humans.
About the Author
Thom Hartmann is an award-winning, bestselling author, international lecturer, teacher and psychotherapist.
His books have been written about in Time Magazine, he's been on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows, including NPR's All THings COnsidered, CNN and BBC. His book The Prophet's Way let to an invitations to a private audience with Pope John Paul II in 1998. His book The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight let to a September, 1999 invitation to spend a week with his Holiness The Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, India.
A former journalist, editor and executive director of a residential treatment facility for severely disturbed and abused children, he lives in Vermont with his wife Louise.
PRAISE FOR THOM HARTMANN'S UNEQUAL PROTECTION
"This extraordinary book combines meticuloous historical and legal research with a clear and compelling writing style. It is essential reading and an invaluable reference work for every citizen who cares about democracy, justice, and the human future." ~David C. Korton, author, When corporations Rule the World
"With Devastating precision and well-reasoned passion, Thom Hartmann shows precisely how the corporate entity gained such a perilously dominant role..." ~Jeff Gates, author, Democracy At Risk
"Unequal Protection is nothing less than an acto of compelling and heroic sanity. It is THE book to read if you want to perceive corporate dominance clearly" ~ John Robbins, author, The Food Revolution, and Diet for a New America
"This book should be in the hands of every thinking American. If we do not awaken soon, democracy will be replaced by the new "Third Riech" of corporate tyranny...No one has told us the truth better than Thom Hartmann. Read it!" ~Gerry Spence, author, Give Me Liberty!