As for the clouds of political speech now darkening the landscape, corporations and corporate PACs can lie just like candidates. The Supreme Court justices who gave corporations a constitutional right to speak as persons were also giving them a right to lie like persons.
I really don't blame them, these corporations. They're old men trying to make a living in a young economy. If our business models were as terrible as theirs, we'd fight in support of protectionist legislation, too.
American business has eliminated untold numbers of other middle class jobs. That's why the employment and housing markets are struggling, food stamp use is at an all-time high and the ranks of the working poor are swelling, while corporate profits soar.
Historically, corporations were understood to be responsible to a complex web of constituencies, including employees, communities, society at large, suppliers, and shareholders. But in the era of deregulation, the interests of shareholders began to trump all the others.
It is about time that we took control of exploding executive pay. It is not just that the sums involved are unfair, and as history has shown, will only become more obscene. These executives control the allocation of resources that represent the well-being of the 99 percent.
Yet properly governed, corporations can be run for the 99 percent. In fact, that's still the case in many successful economies. The truth is that it's possible to take back the corporations for the 99 percent in the U.S. if we can really wrap our heads around the problem and the solutions.
With a purchasing power expected to reach an unprecedented $1.2 trillion dollars in 2012, and a population already surpassing 50 million, Hispanics perhaps our greatest hope for a sustained economic recovery.
We are a nation of corporations, but our press and our conventional politics do not in any systematic way make visible the effect of corporate actions on the country. Let us as citizens make up for that significant omission.
We are in a moral crisis. Our collective trust has been broken and it is time for a values revolution. A moral renaissance, if you will, where how you're doing business is more important than what you're doing.
Too few companies take responsibility for the potential role they can have in shaping the culture of America. They may value the values inside their companies, but they do not put their values-in-action outside of their companies to influence America.
While the environment does play a central role in Seuss' tale, an underlying tension in the book, which links directly to our current economic woes, is the tension between short-term profit seeking activities, and long-term value creation and sustainability.
In contrast with many other campaign finance reformers, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig believes fixing the U.S. election system will require more than just overturning the Citizens United ruling, which removed many restrictions on independent political spending.