Monday, January 25, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Corporations aren't born; they are legal inventions with state-sanctioned paperwork for DNA. How do these non-biological entities, existing through an obeisant contrivance of government, merit equal protection of the constitution? More importantly, why don't actual people enjoy the kind of legal protections America provides to corporations? ... Corporate personhood exists for the purpose of divorcing men like Lloyd Blankfein from the consequences of their actions. Well, I say enough: the man's metaphorical head must roll and the crime for which he bears executive responsibility must be punished. I don't even care if Goldman-Sachs experiences a corporate makeover in the process, but America cannot afford to reward this kind of behavior with taxpayer dollars."

-- Matt Osborne in a piece entitled "Citizen Goldman Sachs, Psychopath"

I always imagine Matt being a cross between Tyler Durden and Horatius at the Bridge -- simultaneously tearing stuff down that doesn't matter and defending to the death what does -- and that's what makes him so great to read.


Anonymous said...

Why didn't Nixon think of this argument during the Pentagon Papers case?

Alan De Smet said...

Capitalism is human nature. Even if you try to stamp it out, it survives like a cockroach. With that in mind, a corporation is like an animal: powerful, majestic, completely amoral. We cannot judge a corporation ethical or moral; it's meaningless.

Of course, if a wild bear attacks someone, we put it down. If a wolf or fox is raiding a farm, the farmer is allowed to shoot it. If an animal is fun to hunt, we have a hunting season. We don't put down enough corporations.

alumiere said...

Thanks for posting this. Also, Inara is cute for a (ack) baby.

But seriously, I don't read huffpo because there aren't enough hours in the day and the anti-vax "woooo" at the site turns me off (Immune deficiency = that shit could kill me). So I go there when you link them or a few other friends do, but you do that most often.