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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 11:07

How can I learn more about corporate personhood?

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Thursday February 24th at 6:30 The Melbourne “Move To Amend” will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard. Speaker will be John Carter.

We will continue our discussion about the impact of living in a society structured by corporations and the impact that has on our psychological and spiritual life. And we will begin to look at Supreme Court Cases that deal with corporate personhood.

I. Ann Wilson Schaef (author of When Society Becomes an Addict)defines an addictive system as a system that calls forth addictive behaviors in its members. Schaef describes several defining characteristics of this type of addictive system, the four most prominent are; First, an addictive system requires the participants to surrender their personal power in order to gain a modicum of acceptance.

Second, an addictive system keeps us unaware of what is going on inside us. We do not have to deal with our anger, pain, depression, confusion, or even our joy and love, because we do not feel them, or we feel them only vaguely. Third, an addictive system has a selective and distorted memory. Essentially, one is doomed to repeat the past in an addictive system because one cannot remember the mistakes he/she made in the past.

Fourth, an addictive system thrives on what Schaef calls the process of the promise. According to Schaef, the promise of the Addictive System is that it is possible to have everything we want and need as long as we accept and conform to the system. We grow up believing that any of us can be wealthy, win the lottery, or be president someday. We keep trusting the system to take care of us. Furthermore, the addictive system promises us that things are going to get better.

We will use these insights to guide our discussion in creating a pathway to recovery.

II We will begin to look at Supreme Court cases concerning corporate personhood. The first is a case from 1868 that clearly states corporations are not persons, “the court holding that an aggregate corporation as such was not a citizen within the meaning of the Constitution.” Below is a web address for the case. Paul vs Virginia 1868


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