OK I’ve had it with this shit. I’m at Netroots Nation and really busy, but can someone start a petition campaign to just fucking pull this company’s corporate charter? There is no reason We, the People should tolerate this. One more company that is harming our health, and then trying to use the tobacco-company, climate-denier “doubt is our product” strategy to keep the profits flowing.
It’s time to just say “enough” to this. Stop harming people, and don’t try to pollute the public discourse and trick people and lie to people and all the other corporate PR games.
I know we won’t succeed — I mean, we can’t really pull their charter, but we can get people thinking about who is supposed to be in charge. We can raise people’s awareness that We, the People are supposed to be in charge, and the REASON that we enabled corporations to exist in the first pace was to serve us — why else would we have done that? And we are supposed to be setting the laws and the playing field, not having them come back and trick us and harvest us.
So let’s put THEM on the defensive this time, let’s see if we can get a million signatures on a petition to pull their corporate charter. We, the People say that we do not want companies harming people and then pulling this kind of shit when they get caught and the public tries to do something to stop them. Enough!
Dave Johnson (Redwood City, CA) is a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, writing about American manufacturing, trade and economic/industrial policy. He is also a Senior Fellow with Renew California. Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience including positions as CEO and VP of marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic. And he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers. More recently he helped co-found a company developing desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US.
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