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Vermont Introduces Resolution To Ban Corporate Personhood

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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7:56AM PST on Dec 6, 2013

Two secret new global pacts -- the TPP and TTIP -- could massively increase the power of corporations to sue our governments
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6:35PM PDT on May 14, 2013

Go Senator Lyons & Vermont, this is awesome :)

12:40PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

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.

8:15AM PST on Jan 13, 2013 m

2:45PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

This must be stopped yesterday.

2:17PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

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

5:07AM PST on Feb 20, 2012


8:16PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

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

5:00AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

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

4:30PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

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).

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