Assange and B.P.
james36armstrong at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 16 14:19:01 GMT 2010
Mr Julian Assange and B.P. were featured as back to back items in to-day’s BBC 1PM Radio 4 News.
One of them was directly involved in the deaths of eleven
oil rig workers, the catastrophic
destruction of wildlife and of the environment, destroying the livelihoods of fishermen
and disrupting the local economy around the Gulf of Mexico.
Yet from my window I can see their filling station busily pumping out petrol to a queue of
customers. The other party is in jail.
invented in Athens some 2,400 years
ago as a response to a rich interest group oppressing people.
Daily we experience corporations abusing their privileges, lobbying government and
oppressing people - corporations which have been created by government and
given artificial personality, human rights, and
privileges as against real people - of ,
wealth, size , knowledge, information and longevity.
Democracy was invented in Athens as a means of
curbing the privileges of interest groups. To-day, 2,400 year later , there is a need for our democratic
process to evolve. As a start I suggest
we should fix a variable and renewable termination date for each incorporated
Serial £million fines have proved an inadequate deterrent to
giant , mature multi national corporations.
To re-balance justice we
might consider also bringing back
the (artificial) death sentence – this time only for errant artificial corporations which grossly and
serially abuse their privileges. Close them down.
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