A history that disappeared
At the dawn of the American Republic, corporations were not given legal status as humans.
They had none of the rights of the individual granted in the Constitution.
They didn’t qualify for due process.
Richard Grossman (1943-2011), an activist and towering scholar of US corporate history, unearthed these staggering and buried truths.
Corporations were chartered and allowed to operate by the states. If a corporation, in the eyes of a state legislature, violated a basic trust by harming the people, committing offenses against the citizenry, the legislature could summarily cancel its charter and literally exile it from the state.
The corporation had no day in court.
Again, corporations were not individual humans. They did not have the rights and freedoms of individuals. Corporations were not granted the rights of citizens in the Constitution.
At the birth of the American Republic, therefore, there was a double limitation on power. Central government and corporations were both strapped and shackled.
Of course, just as the federal government has been allowed to expand like an unchecked fungus, so has corporate power.
Here’s a mind-blowing statement from Richard Grossman:
“In most states a lot of the language from the early days, that reflected the subordinate nature of corporations is still on the books (including California). Some of that language is gone. But we still have the authority, in California, and other states, to define the corporations through their charters; we still have the authority to amend the charters; we still have the authority to revoke the charters -- the language is there. We still have the authority to rewrite the state corporation codes in order to order corporate executives to do what the sovereign people want to do.”
“I happened to look up the Constitution of California of 1879, which was the constitution that you had when you joined the Union. Article 12, which runs several pages, is called "Corporations". There are 24 sections in Article 12 defining the corporation. 20 of them have been repealed, the last set in 1972…”
Here are two places to start, to read Richard Grossman’s work (at ratical.org).
The other place to go would be the early Constitution of the state where you live---before that Constitution was chopped to pieces by bought-off judges hearing cases, before corporations bulled their way into front-line power.
Imagine what a hundred patriots like you could do by researching and unearthing these early state Constitutions and revealing the murder of American history.
Take the state of Florida. What language in its Constitution is still on the books---language that would allow the legislature to amend or promise to revoke the charter of the Disney Corporation, unless Disney agreed to change many of its policies…
At the birth of the Republic, corporations were already decentralized.
Catherine Austin Fitts, the founder of Solari.com, which houses miles of crucial information about decentralization, adds:
“This [revoking a corporation’s charter] is a powerful tool in the hands of state officials. Step one in many states will be disqualifying these corporations from receiving depository business or contracts from the state governments. States have banks and financial institutions providing bank services as well as custodian and asset management functions. They also have corporations providing a wide variety of products and services. So before they pull [a corporate] license to operate in the state, they have to remove [the corporation] from state operations and access to state data and employees.”
The web must be untangled.
-- Jon Rappoport
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