America, Civil War Is Almost Here!

Civil War

A Commentary About America’s divide by Mitch Santell

The clues are every whereas America is now so divided there is the strong potential for a civil war.

Look at how the Congress is acting and how all the Rule of Law is being ignored.

What started in Washington D.C. I can expect to expand across America.
Where is the first hot spot right now at the end of 2019?

It would be Virginia.

Believe me, dear readers, I am not making this stuff up.

My take is that we need not lose our heads (no pun intended). We need to stay prepared, calm, and at least keep our wits about us.

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Virginia Militia Preparing in December 2019.

Things are getting really bad in Virginia. But this group isn’t going down without a fight.

Virginia – Monday morning, Law Enforcement Today reported on how Tazewell County, Virginia is crafting a militia to defend the Constitution in the state. And within hours, we were flooded with thousands of emails from people across the state – police officers, veterans, and patriotic Americans – who said they are joining.

And it’s a movement that’s gaining traction across the state.

Wrote one man:

“I am Vietnam vet, ex-police, retired and am behind your ideas 100% , anything I can do I would like to help.

I live in Franklin County, which voted down being a sanctuary city being the council is Democratic, a moonshine county giving up their guns is dumb.

The South gave up their flag, their statues and now they want their guns, sounds like Hitler’s Germany.”

Wrote another:

“There had already been rumblings locally about a militia being formed last month. We started carefully and quietly assembling patriotic Americans who are prepared to defend freedom at all costs.


American Tune

Lyrics:

Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right
I’m just weary to my bones
Still, you don’t expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
Or driven to its knees
Oh, but it’s all right, it’s all right
For lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
We’re traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

Oh, we come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
And sing an American tune
Oh, it’s all right, it’s all right
It’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying to get some rest

© 1973 Words and Music by Paul Simon


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The New World Order Is Here

A Commentary On Enjoying A Dystopian World by Mitch Santell

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Did you ever notice how, when you want to log into a web site, a verification number is sent to your smartphone? The Powers That Be Will Claim That this is for your protection. It is not. This all has to do with the constant verification of who you are.

Even with your bank, ever notice how they make you sign twice?

Even when you go to CVS pharmacy to fill your prescription, you have to sign twice.

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New Jersey is pushing the Real ID Act that was passed back in 2005 during the George W. Bush Administration.

We have the same thing going on in California.

You have the State of Virginia fighting to keep their second amendment rights.

Now I see that the homeless problem here in Los Angeles is only going to get worse.

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For communities across the West hoping to gain some legal leeway to deal differently with homeless people sleeping on their streets, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt them a setback that, at least for now, maintains the status quo.

The high court declined to hear a landmark case on homelessness, letting stand a ruling that amounts to a broad curb on police powers in nine Western states, including California, to stop people from sleeping on public property if no other shelter is available.

Dozens of other local governments, including the city and county of Los Angeles, had urged the court to hear a challenge to Martin vs. City of Boise, in part to clarify how best to comply with it. But the justices, without comment or a dissent, said that they would not.

Here’s what that means for Los Angeles and the rest of California.

Read more here: https://lat.ms/2SaJBeR

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Mind Control & Consumerism

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The Godfather of modern public relations is the “double nephew” of Sigmund Freud. Who is he? His name is Edward Bernays. Mr. Bernays discovered how to manipulate and control people by placing his observations in a book entitled “Progaphanda” which was published in 1928.

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If you want to understand why a social media company like FaceBook has so much control over how you behave and think, check out this book!

Here you go:  Edward_L_Bernays_-_Propaganda

 

 

Here Is What Will Happen If They Impeach Trump

A Guest Commentary by  Hyram F. Suddfluffel, Ph.D., (Political Science)

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I have a degree in Political Science, and I am a card-carrying Libertarian. I’ve been studying politics and political history for the past 30 years. My specialty is U.S. Presidents.

That said, I hope that the House of Representatives impeach Trump. Let me tell you what will happen next!

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President Trump with Prime Minister Bodi from India.

1. The House can pass articles of impeachment over the objections of the
Republicans, and refer to the Senate for trial.

2. The Senate will conduct a trial. There will be a vote, and the Republicans will vote unanimously, along with a small number of Democrats, to not convict the President. Legally, it will all be over at that point.

3. However, during the trial, and this is what no one is thinking about right now, the President’s attorneys will have the right to subpoena and question ANYONE THEY WANT.

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That is different than the special counsel investigation, which was very one-sided. So, during the impeachment trial, we will be hearing testimony from James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, Glenn Simpson, Donna Brazile, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Christopher Steele, Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, James Clapper, and a whole host of other participants in this whole sordid affair and the ensuing cover-up activities.

A lot of dirt will be dug up; a lot of truth will be unveiled. Finger-pointing will occur. Deals will start being made, and suddenly, a lot of Democrats will start being charged and going to prison.

All this, because, remember, the President’s team will now, for the first time, have the RIGHT to question all of these people under oath – and they will turn on each other. That is already starting.

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4. Lastly, one more thing will happen, the Senate will not convict the President. Nothing will happen to Trump. Most Americans are clueless about political processes, the law, and the Constitution. Most Americans believe that being impeached results in removal from office. They don’t understand that phase 2 is a trial in and by the Senate, where he has zero chance of conviction.

Remember, the Senate is controlled by Republicans; they will determine what testimony is allowed — and **everything** will be allowed, including DNC collusion with the Clinton campaign to fix the election in favor of Hillary, the creation of the Trump dossier, the cover-up, and destruction of emails that very likely included incriminating information.

They will incriminate each other for lying to the FISA court, for spying and wiretapping the Trump campaign, and for colluding with foreign political actors, especially George Soros. After the Senate declines to convict the President, we will have an election, and Trump will win. It will be a backlash against democrat petulance, temper tantrums, hypocrisy, and dishonesty. Even minorities will vote for Trump, because, for the first time, they will see that democrats have spent 2+ years focused on maintaining their own power, and not doing anything at all about black murders in Chicago, homelessness, opioids, and other vital issues that are actually killing people. And, we will spend the following four years listening to politicians and pundits claim that the whole impeachment was rigged.

So let’s move on to impeachment.
Hyram F. Suddfluffel, PhD


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Social media detox.

via Social media detox.

via Seek discomfort.

A Reflection On Living In A Digital World As An Analog Person by Mitch Santell

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The biggest addiction you may ever have is social media. 

It is not about the technology, it is about the need to little “dopamine hits” every few moments.

There may come a time where you give up your iPhone because you realize that it is controlling YOU, you are not It.

You will see two links above this commentary. Please check them both out!

Social Media Detox?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/social-media-detox/


If you want a real sense of how social media has changed everything, listen to this dialogue between host Mike Williams, Richard Willett and Neil Sander.

Out of the 1-hour 55-minute show, here is a brief clip as food for thought.

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Audio Clip is 3 Minutes 32 Seconds 


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Mike Williams, True Researcher.

You can find Mike Williams directly at http://www.sageofquay.com/

Here is Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sageofquay

Mike’s Blog: https://sageofquayblog.blogspot.com/

 


Open Minded People think

Here is the PDF version of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock:

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Letting Go Of Being A Victim

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A Commentary by a Spiritual Being in a Physical Body Bag by Mitch Santell

The only way that you will survive what is about to happen in America is to be aware, awake, and to use some common sense.

Listen to your own self-talk. Can you get out of your own way? Can you look at your own patterns of how you cope and observe without judgment?

The reason I ask these things is that over the past week, or so I have been receiving phone calls or emails or texts mainly from women friends who seem to be losing it.

Most of my male friends seem to be coping with an everchanging world, but it is you women folk, that I am sincerely and seriously worried about.

As you read this, you might ask yourself, “How Do I Let Go Of Being A Victim?”

Answer…wait for it:

“Stop Needing To Be Right!”

In America, we use “being right” like a drug, which means I make YOU WRONG. There is no right or wrong; there is only how you see the world. Right now a part of you feels ungrounded right?

This is something that I found at one of my favorite sites titled: https://zenhabits.net/*

The insights below come from Zen Habits in case you want to know where I got this.

*Side note: This site is terrific. It is free. You can hire the guy who writes it as an Executive Coach. That is your choice. Why do I love this site so much? The owner releases the copyright so that I can share his insights on my blog: https://zenhabits.net/uncopyright/

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Six Habits that Lead to Groundedness

The basic habits that lead to this kind of resiliency, and a feeling of groundedness are things you can practice every single day:

  1. Let ourselves feel it. When we’re feeling uncertainty, instead of rushing to solve it … or too distracting ourselves or comforting ourselves with food or shopping … we can let ourselves feel the uncertainty. I’m not talking about engaging in a narrative about what the uncertainty is like and why it’s so bad — but instead feeling it physically in your body. Where is the feeling located in your body? Can you give it some attention and curiosity? Can you stay with it for a few moments? This habit of letting ourselves feel the uncertainty and stress is transformative — every bit of anxiety becomes a place to practice, an opportunity to be present with ourselves. It becomes a chance to create a new relationship with our experience.
  2. Learn that it’s OK to feel groundlessness. You are feeling anxiety because of the uncertainty of your situation. But that’s because uncertainty becomes a reason to freak out. What if, instead, we learned that this groundless, uncertain feeling is actually just fine? It might not be completely pleasant, but it’s nothing to panic about. In fact, it can be an opportunity to find joy and appreciation in the groundlessness — what is there to appreciate in this feeling of complete openness? Start to shift how you see and react to this groundlessness, embracing it rather than panicking about it.
  3. Give ourselves love. In the middle of stress and uncertainty, instead of engaging in our old habits of shutting down or avoiding, of worrying and fretting … can we try a new habit of giving ourselves, love? This is a way of being compassionate and friendly with ourselves, no matter what we’re doing. It’s like giving love to a child who is in pain — the compassion and love pour out of our hearts. Can we practice this for ourselves?
  4. Simplify by being fully present with one thing. We have so much going on that it can all be overwhelming. Can you simplify by focusing on just one thing right now? Trust that you’ll take care of the other things when it’s needed. Instead, be fully present with this single task. It can be something important, like working on that writing that you’ve been putting off for days. Or it can be something small, like washing this one dish or drinking this one cup of tea. Be fully with it, and savor the experience fully. This leads to a feeling of groundedness and helps us to not feel as frazzled.
  5. Find the joy in being fully present and savoring. The item above, of simplifying by doing one thing, can feel like quite a shift for many of us. It might feel like a sacrifice, not constantly switching tasks and being on social media and checking phones. But it can be a way of opening up to the moment, treating yourself with a little focus, joyfully savoring whatever you’ve chosen to do with this moment of your life.
  6. Learn to love being resilient. Resilience is a matter of saying “No Big Deal” to any kind of uncertainty that arises, of savoring and being present, of giving ourselves love and being present with whatever uncertainty is coming up for us. Resilience is not blowing everything up to End of the World level, just because it’s not under control. Resilience is feeling grounded in the middle of chaos (even if there’s stress present), and finding joy in being in that uncertainty. Resilience is taking a breath and then savoring that breath. It can be a beautiful thing if you learn to love it.

Try these habits today whenever you notice stress, anxiety, uncertainty. They take practice, but with time, they lead to a feeling of being centered and grounded.


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Wild Global Events

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Check out That Is Impossible at: http://bit.ly/322AEGZ

There are so many events happening at the same time you need to check out this web site after you look at the video above.

http://www.thebigwobble.org/p/front-page.html


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Hong Kong, Do You Have A Flag?

A Question I had To Ask by Mitch Santell

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These Clips Are Adult In Nature So If You Don’t Like Cuss Words Don’t Watch.

How China May Have To Handle Hong Kong:

Cake or Death?



Something to think about…

Whatever your political views, it’s likely that a tsunami of tweets, opinion pieces and late night comedy skits have made their way into your news feeds and dinner table conversations. It’s seemingly unavoidable with an administration whose leader makes international news with every early morning tweet.

But what happens when that wave of opinions and information makes an unwelcome entrance into your workplace?

In a highly contentious and polarized political time, the 24-hour news cycle and constant social media contact continues to trigger emotional and widely divergent reactions. Add to this mix a new generation of workers who seek to bring their “whole selves” to work, including their political views, and you have a brand new office context in which politics show up alongside quarterly earnings as hot button topics. A whole array of corporate policies take on new meaning and intensity, including foreign worker visas, affirmative action, LGBT partner benefits and climate change strategy.

Given the range of opinions and news sources out there, politicized conversations often get stuck. Or, we carefully avoid them altogether for fear of being zapped — damaging important relationships and disrupting teamwork. At the same time, these conversations can be a chance to learn and hone your competitive edge.

Read more here: https://wbur.fm/2YK6rxu

Happiness Is A Simple Solution Part 2

Further Observations On What & How We Can Be Happy by Mitch Santell

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There are so many of us out there who have panic, anxiety, depression, PTSD, or something even more distressing.

The reason you feel this way is that you have you may be a bit “confused” with where our society is going. Believe me, I understand this, and it’s why I dumped Facebook.

Now, I never thought I would write a commentary about a Reality Talk Show, but I am going to do it. Why? As an illustration as to why most people either can’t commit, won’t commit or don’t even know what they stand for.

My Godmother was married 9 times. Her daughter, my 3rd cousin, was married 7 times. I have been married once as were my parents (my side of the family) and grandparents (my side of the family). My other cousin was divorced once after 7 years and remarried for a second marriage until his wife passed on from Cancer after 30 years.

This last season of The Bachelor with Hannah Brown was like no other that I ever saw. Now mind you, I got rid of cable TV in 1995 so to sign up for a “trial” of Hulu (a streaming service that competes with Netflix and HBO), I had to be intrigued.

It was amusing watching Hannah Brown consistently make bad decisions.


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Hannah Brown and Peter Weber Taking Off In A Private Plane.

The dynamics of relationships between men and women have never been more complicated than they are now, and I’ll give you some basics to start with.

First, we are living in a society that is driven by social media and algorithms.

Second, most people don’t know what it was like to be alive without an iPhone, Samsung, or any brand of smartphone connected to their hip.

Third, everyone is connected, but no one is communicating.



Happiness Is This:

1). You simply make a decision to be happy.

2). You make a decision to work on yourself more instead of gossiping and blaming other people.

3). You let go of the need to worry about what other people think.

4). You let go of the labels.

5). You re-invent yourself by getting rid of people who don’t get you or don’t allow you to be You.



Authentic Is This:

1). Letting Go Of The Need To Be Right.

2.) Letting Go Of Any Assumptions Of How Things Are Going To Turn Out.

3). Letting Go Of Any Expectations.




Staying Grounded Is This:

1). Take off your socks and shoes twice a day and go barefoot on the grass or dirt.

2). Make sure that you are hydrating because most people never drink enough water.

3). Find passion in simple things that make your heart sing.




Why didn’t I write more about Hannah Brown’s screw-ups on The Bachelor?

Answer: Because that wasn’t the purpose of this blog posting….the posting was to get you happier by getting you to think about you.

Only You will know where life needs to take you and if you are like a lot of my followers and readers, you don’t live in the USA. For me? That has been the single most profound discovery that I have made about myself since returning from New Zealand in 2013.

What is that?

That everything I learned has affected me here in America and I can never go back to being that person that I was when I exited in June of 2013.

Now onto to something deeper I want you to think about……..

According To Alan Watts, Happiness Is NOT the Meaning of Life.

Listen to this audio and read the transcription below for the greater meaning.

Let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream.

And that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time or any length of time you wanted to have.

And you would naturally as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes, you would have every kind of pleasure.

And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each, you would say, Wow, that was pretty great. But now let’s, let’s have a surprise.

Let’s have a dream, which isn’t under control.

Well, something is going to happen to me that I don’t know what it’s going to be. And you will dig that and come out of that and say, Wow, that was a close shave, wasn’t it.

And then you will get more and more adventurous and you will make further and further Gamble’s as to what you would dream. And finally, you would dream where you are now you would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.

That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have of playing that you weren’t God.

So then…

This means that you’re not victims of a scheme of things of a mechanical world, or of an autocratic God.

The life you’re living is what you put yourself into only you don’t admit it. Because you want to play the game that it’s happened to you.

Because if you play life on the supposition that you’re a helpless little puppet got involved. Or if you play it on the supposition that it’s a frightful, serious risk, and that we really ought to do something about it and so on. It’s a drag.

There’s no point in going on living unless we make the assumption that the situation of life is optimal. And it makes you realize you see how – how great things are. So in this idea that everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. Not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, that deep down basic, whatever there is, and you’re all that only you’re pretending you’re not.

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A.i. Is Here & Not What You Think

Comments You Don’t Talk About Any More by Mitch Santell.

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Artificial Intelligence Is Already In Control

There was a time where you could just be You without everyone else knowing where you were, what you were doing, who you were communicating with, and what you buy.

For those of you who have followed me for a long time know, I always suggest creating a Corporation to act like You.

Why Do I suggest this? 

Answer: Corporations Have More Rights Than People Do!


Corporations “enthroned”

When corporations were first formed back in the seventeenth century, their inventors—just like modern software engineers—acted with what they believed were good intentions. The first corporate charters were simply designed to limit an investor’s liability to the amount of their investment, thus encouraging them to finance risky expeditions to India and Southeast Asia. However, an unintended consequence soon emerged, known as moral hazard: with the potential upside greater than the downside, reckless behavior ensued, leading to a series of spectacular frauds and a market crash that resulted in corporations being temporarily banned in England in 1720.

Thomas Jefferson and other leaders of the United States, aware of the English experience, were deeply suspicious of corporations, giving them limited charters with tightly constrained powers. However, during the turmoil of the Civil War, industrialists took advantage of the disarray, leveraging widespread political corruption to expand their influence. Shortly before his death, Abraham Lincoln lamented what he saw happening with a resounding prophecy: “Corporations have been enthroned … An era of corruption in high places will follow… until wealth is aggregated in a few hands … and the Republic is destroyed.”

Corporations took full advantage of their new-found dominance, influencing state legislatures to issue charters in perpetuity giving them the right to do anything not explicitly prohibited by law. The tipping point in their path to domination came in 1886 when the Supreme Court designated corporations as “persons” entitled to the protections of the Fourteenth Amendment, which had been passed to give equal rights to former slaves enfranchised after the Civil War. Since then, corporate dominance has only been further enhanced by law, culminating in the notorious Citizen United case of 2010, which lifted restrictions on political spending by corporations in elections.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2JnL1ht

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Feudalism in 1666 = Corporatocracy in 2019

Governments Change, the Corporatocracy Endures

Ultimately, the dominance of global capital (the Corporatocracy) is not financial — it’s political.

One little-remarked consequence of the central banks’ policies of near-zero interest rates and quantitative easing is the unrivaled dominance of mobile global capital, i.e. the Corporatocracy.

The source of corporate political power is the ability to borrow essentially unlimited sums for next to nothing: what I have long termed free money for financiers.

Armed with central-bank supplied unlimited credit, global capital can outbid local residents and businesses. Over time, profitable enterprises and assets end up in corporate hands.

Consider the typical family farm, not just in America but in Germany, Australia, etc. It’s hard work squeezing a livelihood from the land in a market dominated by a handful of global corporate giants and their state handmaidens, and so unsurprisingly many in the next generation have opted for corporate-state jobs in urban areas rather than shoulder the financial risks of continuing the family farm.

A neighboring farmer might be interested in buying, be he/she will have to borrow the money at (say) 4%.

The global corporation can sell bonds (i.e. borrow money) at less than 1%. The lower cost of capital enables the corporation to outbid local farmers for the land, and this low cost of borrowing also enables the corporation to fund capital-intensive economies of scale that are beyond the reach of family farms.

The net result is the nation’s farmland, its core productive asset, slides inevitably into corporate ownership. Anyone who resists selling out is crushed by low prices (corporate farms can over-produce and survive low prices, family farms cannot). Or they are crushed by the disadvantages of being an “outsider” selling to the corporate supply chain, which favors in-house suppliers or large corporate producers.

The same dynamic — the unparalleled power of cheap credit — leads to corporate ownership which then funds corporate dominance of the political process. Consider building a house for your family. You’ll need construction financing, and since that’s riskier than a conventional mortgage to buy an existing home, that will cost you between 4% and 5%, and requires thousands of dollars in fees.

The corporate homebuilder can borrow at 1%. Guess who’s construction costs are cheaper?

As corporations buy up productive assets, they consolidate these assets into cartels and quasi-monopolies that can be protected from competition by lobbying and campaign contributions. Once you can buy up productive assets with cheap borrowed money, the profits start piling up, and you can use a thin sliver of these profits to hire lobbyists and buy political favors/protection from politicos desperate to cling onto their power.

The net result of unlimited credit for corporations is a Corporatocracy that constantly expands its financial and political power. And the net result of this corporate control of governance is: governments come and go, candidates come and go, and political movements come and go, but the Corporatocracy remains in charge.

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Corporations Are People, And They Have More Rights Than You

Ever since Citizens United, the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision allowing unlimited corporate and union spending on political issues, Americans have been debating whether, as Mitt Romney said, “Corporations are people, my friend.” Occupy Wall Street protestors decried the idea, late night comedians mocked it, and reform groups proposed amending the Constitution to eliminate it. Today, however, the Supreme Court endorsed corporate personhood — holding that business firms have rights to religious freedom under federal law. Not only do corporations have rights, their rights are stronger than yours.

The question came to the Supreme Court in a challenge to regulations implementing President Obama’s landmark health care law. Those regulations require employers with 50 or more employees to provide those employees with comprehensive health insurance, which must include certain forms of contraception. The contraception requirement was designed to protect the rights of women. Studies show that access to contraception has positive benefits for women’s education, income, mental health, and family stability.

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