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By supporting corporate personhood to prevent corporate discrimination, Greenwald is committing America to a Faustian deal in which the heart and soul of the nation is sold to corporate oligarchs who are polluting our skies, denying us health insurance, and spying on us.
In one of his final arguments against people like me who are challenging his embrace of corporate personhood, Greenwald quotes Thomas Paine who wrote in 1795:
He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
I would assume that Greenwald knows the true story of the Boston Tea Party and the fact that our nation revolted as much against corporate power as it did an absolute monarch. Yet, Greenwald outrageously mischaracterizes the view of some of our most influential Founding Fathers like Jefferson, Madison and Paine who early in the days of the new republic wrote exhaustively on protecting the people from aggregated wealth in the form of aristocracy or corporations. Heck, every single one of the 13 colonies was originally founded as a corporation – hence, the vigilance against too much corporate power.
Our nation has a long history of restraining corporations, from denying them free speech to revoking their charters if they operate against the public good, to forcing them to recognize organized people in the form of labor unions. One could even argue that American history has been a two-century-long struggle between organized people (democracy) and organized money (corporations), with liberal institutions protecting the former and market forces consolidating the power of the latter.
To give organized money the same rights as people, as Greenwald argues for, is to enable them to speak louder in our democracy, have more leverage in our economy, and erode our national sovereignty. All things I would assume Glenn Greenwald would be adamantly against.
As a freedom fighter, let’s hope he reconsiders his stance.