Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]
The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.
Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.
The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
1000 plutocrats at the bottom of the sea?
A good start
If you haven’t watched, you should…
Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland on the One Percent’s Power and Privileges
And my brief submission as Ms. Freeland’s anti-plutocrat manifesto:
1) The rise of the financial industry starting in the 1980’s was the plutocracy’s answer to the reduction in manufacturing and general production. They knew what was happening to the country and worked the system to build the most powerful industry on the planet. The likes of GS, MS, JPM, UBS, C, BAC, etc. are all indicative of the power they wield over our government, our economy, and our society. The growth of this industry must be curtailed. Stricter SEC, CFTC, FINRA regulations and stricter Dodd-Frank and Volcker rules, and the return of some version of Glass-Steagall must be enacted.
2) Corporations are too powerful. They have grown so over the last four decades with continuous support from corpgov, globalization and even the SCOTUS. Their power must be constrained. To do so we must eliminate their status as human beings. Corporations are NOT people. The 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution must be enacted.
3) Our government is bought and sold by the plutocracy. This is done through lobbying, sponsoring and donations all directed toward what Taibbi alluded to as re-election infection. This must end. The 29th Amendment to the Constitution must be enacted. The 29th Amendment calls for non-sequential terms for all Congress; in one term, then you’re out. You must sit one term out of both Congress and the lobbyist industry before you may re-enter a congressional election. Three non-consecutive terms max.
The Equalicrat Manifesto:
• Stronger financial regulations.
• Amendment 28: Corporations are not people.
• Amendment 29: Non-sequential term limits for Congress.
• Amendment 30: Campaign contributions limited to one day’s average gross pay, per candidate, per annum, by natural citizens only.
(Equalitocracy – government by the equal)
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Amendment #30: Political campaigns for all government offices – federal, State, and local – shall be funded only by a government and shall be equal for each candidate.
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If government funds government’s elections, I suspect that the corruption will feed upon itself.
The problem is that any private campaign contributions mean that private interests are very likely being served. With the government funding by law, playing no favorites, and, additionally, publicized the candidates should be more concerned about the people as a whole. The rest should be convicted, booted out of office, and spend some time behind bars.
There is still at least one problem. That is that those who can’t vote or complain (e.g. children) would not have any direct influence. This is partly why there should be a “family vote.” Husbands should have a number of votes equal to the sum of all immediate family members, and their wives shouldn’t be able to vote. Thus, their vote would be weighted to reflect their “skin in the game.”
private *citizen only* contributions, limited to a single day’s pay per candidate per year, would give everybody equal footing.
Who says who is a candidate? The government would have to decide. Maybe it become a free-for-all with hundreds claiming they’re candidates.
Regarding the whole voting imbalance:
Amendment #28: Corporations are not People.
Amendment #29: Non-Sequential terms for Congress.
Amendment #30: Campaign contribution limited to one avg. days wage, per candidate, per citizen, per year.
Amendment #31: Congress:
shall make no law which excludes Congress from the laws of this Constitution;
shall make no law which provides benefits to Congress above and beyond the rights or benefits of a U.S. Citizen;
shall abolish all provisions which violate the prior two clauses of this Amendment.