So it's clear that corporations, since their 'modern' inception in 1600 where Queen Elizabeth first allowed the charter of East India Company, have sped the introduction of technology and fostered global trade. It's equally clear that they've outlived their usefulness.
When the United States was initiated, there were clear restrictions put in place to avoid the worst of European corporate abuses. This because our founding fathers were well aware of the abuse of power already being exercised by European corporations.
From ReclaimDemocracy.org...Corporate charters (licenses to exist) were granted for a limited time and could be revoked promptly for violating laws. Corporations could engage only in activities necessary to fulfill their chartered purpose. Corporations could not own stock in other corporations nor own any property that was not essential to fulfilling their chartered purpose. Corporations were often terminated if they exceeded their authority or caused public harm. Owners and managers were responsible for criminal acts committed on the job. Corporations could not make any political or charitable contributions nor spend money to influence law-making.
But those safeguards became unsafe over time, and the power of money and elitism have, well, I don't have to tell you.
And yet the rabbit hole is deeper still. A handful of families has been at the helm of control for over 200 years, and they continue their long and unholy tradition of manipulating governments, currencies and precious metals. Names like Rothschild, Rockefeller, Morgan and Walton come to mind.
Even now 'they' are withholding information that would allow for breakthroughs in every area of our lives. They teach a false system of reality. They withhold or discredit the writings of Tesla and a host of others that could help us live more freely and help this Earth to heal. Not an interest of the controllers.
The privatizing of ideas through patents and intellectual property rights has caused irreparable harm to our species and culture. An attribute of Life, witnessed all around us, is sharing. An attribute of corporations is privacy.
How we replace this ungodly system of greed and corruption is our task. And understanding the methodologies that will bring down our corporate overloads is key.
On the macro level, we need to create and encourage governments of integrity at every level, where the role of money and elitist interests is subjugated to the needs of we, the people. Let's be clear. Government's role is to support the 'life, liberty and happiness' of its people -not false legal entities.
On the micro level, it's about how we leverage our energy and money. By engaging with our communities to create local food and energy systems we disempower the global elite. Every dollar we spend is a vote for something. A greater awareness of whom we're funding with our purchases is key.
Now in 2016 we may be witnessing the beginnings of a renaissance here in the US. As part of the above, we need to hold corporations accountable for what they do. They must be held accountable for the costs of their untold damage to people and planet. Examples are everywhere. The use of fossil fuels is killing our planet.The Monsantos of the world must be brought to heel, their manic lust for global domination is devastating our bodies, killing and maiming innumerable species, and contributing to the Earth's most important asset of Life itself, our soil. The war machine. Big Pharma. The list is endless.
Yes, take a breath...
Another historically significant but neglected organizational type is the cooperative. In point of fact, cooperative living has been as essential of human existence since our beginning. Modern cooperatives are but worker-owned businesses. There are thousands of cooperatives active today, but most are no larger than the communities they operate within.
The beginnings of the modern coop came from the Basque region of Spain, where in the 1950s they began forming a cooperative to make kerosene stoves. They called it Mondragon, and as of the end of 2014, it employed 74,117 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge. There are a growing number of affiliates in countries and cities all over the world. The cooperative model works, and is essentially fair by its nature.
Something quite startling is happening these days. The veil is being lifted. The powers that hid for so long can no longer hide. The millions of us entrapped by their deceits and propaganda are learning to find the truth.
The despotic age of corporatism is coming to an end, though they will not go quietly. But we can enable this transition with as much peace, grace and agility as possible by removing the legal status of corporations. We must generate the will to throw down these tyrants and destroyers, while we leave them behind as much as possible in our daily lives.
Do not think this impossible because it's never happened before. A host of things are happening today that haven't happened before, especially in technology. Do not think this too audacious because it seems like a foreign idea. A mere five years ago the idea of taking on Wall Street seemed far fetched. Then came Occupy. The wind blows. We are finding our true selves, our connection and our power.
This is a time of great transition. Transitioning from corporate control to cooperative living seems right on time.