Vermont Introduces Resolution To Ban Corporate Personhood

Vermont state senator Virginia Lyons introduced a resolution in the state legislature urging the United States Congress to amend the Constitution and ban corporate personhood. Vermont is the first state to successfully introduce at the legislative level a statement of beliefs that corporations are not persons and do not have constitutional rights.

If passed, JRS 11 would be the first formal declaration by citizens for Congress to act. But that’s it. It has no real force of law nor does it change anything in the short-term.

The entire joint resolution lays out the framework of the opposition: corporations are not people, cannot vote, and often have motives contrary to the best interests of actual people. They should therefore not be afforded legal standing to benefit from the rights of natural persons. It’s a compelling and simple argument, and one that if it were to gain momentum, could put a good majority of today’s Congress in an uncomfortable position.

But amending the Constitution is not a simple task, and this current Congress can’t even pass a budget. So for short-term strategies to deal with the fall-out of Citizens United we have to keep looking to disclosure and transparency laws.

Vermont’s history of progressivism makes it a natural leader in the push back against corporate overreach, and Senator Lyons should be commended for her leadership on JRS 11. The next question is, can it catch on?

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114 comments

Alberto Gtz.
Alberto G.2 years ago

Two secret new global pacts -- the TPP and TTIP -- could massively increase the power of corporations to sue our governments
Check this: http://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpacts_CorpPowerAttacks.html

Sam Antha
Sam Antha3 years ago

Go Senator Lyons & Vermont, this is awesome :)

Dave Tohunga
Dave te tohunga3 years ago

What amazes me is that humans could ever have aGREED that a fictional entity that exists only in the virtual reality of human ideas could be classified as a person, and the same applies to those other imaginary yet psychopathic artificial entities... the nation/states.
They appear to be the new gods of humanity.

dale ruff
Past Member 3 years ago

hmm..mm m

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

This must be stopped yesterday.

Kathryn M.
Kathryn Mitchell4 years ago

Good for Vermont! Now... send some of your progressives to Kansas, lol! We need them...

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran4 years ago

Thanks.

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago

Love Vermont and its state motto, "Freedom and Unity!"

Rodney P.
Rodney P.4 years ago

Keep the momentum going. The people are being listened to!

Dr Clue
Dr Clue4 years ago

Anyone ever see that fiction of corporate person-hood spend a night in jail , or lay down it's life in defense of the country?

If indeed a corporation is a "person" , I demand a little habeas corpus (produce the body).