Corporate Demons Possess Our Nation’s Soul

Corporations Are Not People

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 4, 2016

Corporate demons possess our nation’s soul. They crept in stealthily, full of trickery and deception, but now they’re lodged in place, as surely as if they had stormed our homes and halls of power with guns and tanks. Perhaps we’d recognize their coup if they had assassinated a flesh-and-blood president instead of merely stealing the souls of all our elected leaders.

A corporation is an invisible entity. It has no body to appear on television or slip into a congressional seat. It is the living, breathing human worshipers possessed by corporate greed who kill, maim, and destroy. For a lump of money, a human soul is bought and turned into the pawn of corporations. For a bribe or a salary, a human being averts their eyes and does the dirty work. For a sweet deal, a real life person decides to allow a corporation to injure and oppress, impoverish and harm.

Without us, corporations are nothing more that words written on documents. They cannot drill for oil. They cannot foreclose on homes. They cannot deliver eviction notices. They cannot pass legislation. They cannot poison water or spew toxins in the air. They cannot arrest those who rise up against them.

There are millions of people railing against corporate power in our government, and rightly so, for corporations have stolen the souls of public office holders. They have corrupted the hearts of elected leaders. They have bought the obedience of senators and representatives, judges and sheriffs and presidents. But, the struggle is far vaster than just our political power-holders. It is not just a monetized, secularized, or politicized conflict. This struggle goes straight to the heart and soul of every man, woman, and child in this country.

Who is willing to be the first to evict corporate power from their heart? Among the citizens, who will expel the twin demons of our habituated consumer conveniences and corporate greed from our lives and pocketbooks. Who will decolonize their minds from the entertainment, advertisements, logos, slogans, and ideologies of the corporations? Who will refuse to bring one more purchase of the corporate overlords into his or her house? When the early American colonists were rebelling against the British, they sacrificed the luxuries of imported British cloth, tea, and more. Young girls wore dresses of homespun cloth to the old-fashioned versions of the prom. Among the modern Americans, who is willing to sacrifice our ease, convenience, consumerism, in favor of freedom from political injustice, diversity in our economy, and economic justice?

If we want to evict corporations from Capitol Hill, we are going to have to evict them from our own lives in ways that will not be easy. We will have to sacrifice. We will have to make do and do without. We will have to pay more for the product from a local, small, or independent company that does not have the same economic advantages as mega-corporations who enjoy tax breaks and subsidies, the ability to pay unjust wages unchallenged, the luxury of externalizing the true costs of their products, the insider industry deals on shipping and bulk product purchasing, and much more.

But each time your heart balks at a sacrifice, look at the horizon of possibilities. Fix your eyes on the vision of what we’re working toward … it is far greater than the sacrifices we face. We are striving toward functional democracy that represents, cares for, nurtures and sustains the whole of the populace, not just the ruling elite and corporate profit. We are working toward economic justice and vibrant, diverse, local, small, and independent businesses that have a fair and level playing field. We are moving toward protection of our beautiful planet that keeps us all alive, renewable energy, and a world free of pollution and toxicity. We want political justice so that we can assure and maintain economic, cultural, racial, gender, and all other forms of justice. We want arts, culture, and entertainment driven not by monopoly and narrow agendas, but by the beauty and bounty of our diversity and many perspectives. The list goes on.

The possibilities on the horizon line of change are tremendous. Fix your eyes on them as we make changes in our own lives during the efforts to erode and evict corporate power and greed. Remember what we’re sacrificing for as we overthrow corporations from the halls of power of our country. We are struggling for the heart and soul of our nation … and we have a vision for which it is worth wrestling corporate demons until, at last, every man, woman, and child is free.

Author/Actress Rivera Sun syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and other books, and the Programs Coordinator for Campaign Nonviolence.

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. This article is one of a series written by The Man From the North, which are not included in the novel, but can be read here.

from the archives:

Ralph Nader: The Biggest Divide And Rule Tactic Is The Constant Drumbeat That We Are Highly Polarized

Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: History of The Corporate Coup d’etat

The Man From the North: Shopping as an Act of Resistance by Rivera Sun

The Man From the North: Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts by Rivera Sun

Chris Hedges: We Have Undergone A Corporate Coup D’état In Slow Motion

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  8. Hi leftymathprof,

    Thanks for bringing up your point. The Man From the North essays focus on corporations because the control of oligarchs and their mega-corporations comprise the focus within the scope of The Dandelion Insurrection (from which the Man From the North is drawn). The Dandelion Insurrection, although it does delivers some scathing commentary on inequality and economic injustice is not a direct analysis/critique of capitalism. To see my thoughts and opinions on that subject, my other social protest novel, Billionaire Buddha, is perhaps more explicit about the subject of capitalism, featuring a multi-pronged critique of capitalism’s destructiveness. I don’t “hit” all the subjects that need addressing in all of my writings. But, I do try to get around to all the big issues eventually. I appreciate your feedback/perspectives on this essay and the broader issue of capitalism itself.

    Rivera Sun

  9. The word “capitalism” is never mentioned in this essay. It gives me the impression that it is complaining about “corporatism,” something that is somehow different from capitalism itself. Which implies that there is some way to reform capitalism so that it isn’t corporatist. Some way to reform greed and selfishness so that they are healthy. I can argue against that at very great length, but I have already done so elsewhere.

      • I’m not sure how to react to that comment. I guess my comment was addressed not to Rivera Sun, but to the fictitious Man from the North. But I wrote things similar to what I have written in the past when real people have written about “corporate capitalism.”

        It sometimes distresses me when an inspiring writer concerns herself with what I see as merely a symptom of the real problem. Then that writer may actually be a distraction from the real problem. We are suffering from a dearth of imagination.

        John Lennon sang, “Imagine no possessions — I wonder if you can.” Most people can’t, in our present society. Our possessions separate us, so I don’t need you, and I can’t afford to care about you, and I must compete against you. The problem is not that the principles are sound and we have strayed from them. The problem is that the principles themselves are unsound, and must be replaced altogether, but that is beyond what most people in our society can presently imagine. We need some inspiring writers, but we need them to go beyond mere reforms addressing mere symptoms.

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