1935 – Death of Will Rogers
“The business of government is to keep the government out of business, that is, unless business needs government aid.”
2014 – “California Supreme Court Nixes Corporate Personhood ‘Advisory Measure’ From November Ballot” published article
“[T]he unusual ‘advisory measure’ was placed on the ballot very recently by the California state legislature. It called for Congress to ‘propose an amendment…to the United States Constitution” to overturn the infamous Citizens United decision and its progeny, and “to make clear that the rights protected by the United States Constitution are the rights of natural persons only.’
“But now, the state Supreme Court in California, dominated by 5 Republican appointees and 1 Democratic appointee, has intervened to remove the measure from this year’s general election ballot…”
The High Court said it needs more time to consider whether the advisory measure should be placed on a California ballot.
Update: California Senate Bill 254, replacing Proposition 49, is headed to the Nov. 2016 ballot:
1887 – Birth of Marcus Garvey, founder of the United Negro Improvement Association
Founded in 1914 the UNIA became the largest pan-African organization ever established. By the early 1920s it had 700 branches in 38 states with millions of members.
1920 – States ratify Nineteenth Amendment, granting women suffrage throughout America
Women finally get the vote after 75 years of struggle. “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”
1956 – Birth of Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, Venezuelan ambassador to the U.S.A.
“Let’s have as much representative democracy as necessary, and as much participatory democracy as possible.”
2003 – Federal District Court overturns S. Dakota “Amendment E” banning non-family farm-owned agribusinesses
The federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 1998 state constitutional amendment voted by South Dakota citizens that banned non-family owned agribusiness corporations from owning farmland or engaging in farming. The American Farm Bureau Federation, agribusiness corporations, and other agribusiness interests had sued to overturn the law, charging that it violated the Commerce Clause. The Court agreed, arguing that the intent of the citizen initiative circulators was to eliminate corporations from agriculture.
2015 – Is This The Great Crash Of China? By Stephen Keen
“Banks in the West effectively ignore what the government wants: in the West, the political class is effectively subservient to the financial class.”
2014 – “Corporations are People. So What if People Were Corporations?” article published by Catherine Rampell
“Turns out corporations enjoy tons of rights and privileges that biological beings should be salivating over…
“The most obvious place to start is taxes. Companies save billions from loopholes that don’t apply to individuals — yet…
“If people were treated like corporations, perhaps we’d be able to ’merge’ with whomever we want without worrying about restrictive marriage laws…We could also choose to abide by the family law in whichever state we like best, regardless of where we live. Companies, after all, can incorporate in the jurisdiction with the most favorable corporate governance laws, regardless of where they operate,…That’s one reason Delaware is home to more businesses than people.
“But the best perk of being treated like an incorporeal corporation?
“Even if you killed someone, stole a house, funded a genocidal regime or terrorized the global economy, you wouldn’t go to jail. At worst, you’d pay a fine. Sure, you could be executed for your crimes — sort of — by having your charter revoked or by being driven to bankruptcy by onerous penalties, but you could always return from the dead with a different name but much of the same DNA. To err is human; to err and bounce back unscathed, you really need to be a company.”
2011 – “The Kids Are Not All Right: Corporate Interests Threaten Children’s Welfare” New York Times article by Joel Bakan
“By the middle of the century, childhood was a robustly protected legal category. In 1959, the United Nations issued its Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Children were now legal persons; the “best interests of the child” became a touchstone for legal reform.
“But the 20th century also witnessed another momentous shift, one that would ultimately threaten the welfare of children: the rise of the for-profit corporation…
“A clash between these two newly created legal entities — children and corporations — was, perhaps, inevitable. Century-of-the-child reformers sought to resolve conflicts in favor of children. But over the last 30 years there has been a dramatic reversal: corporate interests now prevail. Deregulation, privatization, weak enforcement of existing regulations and legal and political resistance to new regulations have eroded our ability, as a society, to protect children.”