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  June 26, 2012                  
Crisis: 'Corporations are people, my friend', agrees US Supreme Court

"You do not know the unfathomable cowardice of humanity... servile in the face of force, pitiless in the face of weakness, implacable before blunders, indulgent before crimes... and patient to the point of martyrdom before all the violences of bold despotism."
-- Machiavelli

Let's throw in a Nederlog, just to show I am still around, and am still having problems with my eyes, that are being resolved, or so I do sincerely and strongly hope, but this seems the case. (And I did write '(mostly').)

And the good news is that according to the doctor I saw, who saw in my eyes with apparates, nothing serious was wrong. I still have pain in my eyes, but it is better that it was, the last days, is also true, whence this Nederlog, because the topic is important:

The Young Turks:
   Supreme Court Reverses Anti-Citizens United Ruling In Montana

This is a justifiedly angry Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks who discourses well on the Supreme Court's upholding the very dangerous notion that
'Corporations are people, my friend', as presidential canditate Romney phrases it.

Here is the highly relevant

    William Hazlitt: On Corporate Bodies

that starts as follows:

On Corporate Bodies

Corporate bodies have no soul.

Corporate bodies are more corrupt and profligate than individuals, because they have more power to do mischief, and are less amenable to disgrace or punishment. They feel neither shame, remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill. The principle of private or natural conscience is extinguished in each individual (we have no moral sense in the breasts of others), and nothing is considered but how the united efforts of the whole (released from idle scruples) may be best directed to the obtaining of political advantages and privileges to be shared as common spoil. Each member reaps the benefit, and lays the blame, if there is any, upon the rest. The esprit de corps becomes the ruling passion of every corporate body, compared with which the motives of delicacy or decorum towards others are looked upon as being both impertinent and improper. If any person sets up a plea of this sort in opposition to the rest, he is overruled, he gets ill-blood, and does no good: he is regarded as an interloper, a black sheep in the flock, and is either sent to Coventry or obliged to acquiesce in the notions and wishes of those he associates and is expected to co-operate with. The refinements of private judgment are referred to and negatived in a committee of the whole body, while the projects and interests of the Corporation meet with a secret but powerful support in the self-love of the different members. Remonstrance, opposition, is fruitless, troublesome, invidious; it answers no one end; and a conformity to the sense of the company is found to be no less necessary to a reputation for good-fellowship than to a quiet life. Self-love and social here look like the same; and in consulting the interests of a particular class, which are also your own, there is even a show of public virtue.
Such are the qualifications and the apprenticeship necessary to make a man tolerated, to enable him to pass as a cypher, or be admitted as a mere numerical unit, in any corporate body: to be a leader and dictator he must be diplomatic in impertinence, and officious in every dirty work. He must not merely conform to established prejudices; he must flatter them. He must not merely be insensible to the demands of moderation and equity; he must be loud against them. He must not simply fall in with all sorts of contemptible cabals and intrigues; he must be indefatigable in fomenting them, and setting everybody together by the ears. He must not only repeat, but invent lies. He must make speeches and write handbills; he must be devoted to the wishes and objects of the society, its creature, its jackal, its busybody, its mouthpiece, its prompter; he must deal in law cases, in demurrers, in charters, in traditions, in common-places, in logic and rhetoric -- in everything but common sense and honesty. He must (in Mr. Burke's phrase) 'disembowel himself of his natural entrails, and be stuffed with paltry, blurred sheets of parchment about the rights' of the privileged few.

And here is what happens if
'Corporations are people' aka 'conspiracies for piracy without  any effective personal accountability whatsoever' take over:

- Stephen Colbert - Enjoy the police state (three minutes)

'Corporations are people' translates as 'corporate fascism':

"The conditions which created Fascism there must not pass unnoticed here.
Their first and most dangerous symptom is always the same everywhere: an
abandonment of equal justice to all, the placing of some groups in a preferred
class of citizenship at the expense of other groups.

Judge Hugo L. Black

For this assigns the rights of real individual, living, feeling, breathing, thinking men, to legally admitted impersonal - unfeeling, unthinking, conscience-less -
conspiracies for piracy with members without  any effective personal accountability whatsoever, that are capable of anything: Bands of pirates are not people, nor do gangs of robbers deserve the same rights as individual men and women: That's a recipe to plunder, exploit and misinform the people - that is, real, feeling, wanting, thinking individual men and women - by groups especially designed and allowed to do so, without the least personal responsibility, for that gets drowned on purpose in the corporate body.

The present US Supreme Court wants it.

We live in interesting, dangerous times.

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
                             -- 27 Jun 2012: Corrected the formatting.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A  space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.


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