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We need a new way to describe the mutual interest society that is the corporatocracy. What we have is the officers of private and public corporations working in tandem to assure their own security as participants in immortal organizations. That natural persons die becomes irrelevant as long as the organizations they manage, while they live, continue on after them. If crime is the deprivation of rights, then legally organized corporations are criminal organizations. Where the Mafia went wrong was in not getting registered with some Secretary of State. Corporations are organized to deprive -- i.e. to perpetrate crime under cover of law. They got their start in the Americas when the crowned heads of Europe issued charters and grants to companies on the basis of which they could stake a claim to new lands and which the armies of the royals were then empowered to defend. It's the rule of law.  A marvelous invention.

Corporations are organized to exploit resources. They are the vehicles by which the ex-men take from Mother Nature and from their fellow men by legislating their deprivation.
Natural parasites die along with their host, if their behavior is immoderate. The members of artificial bodies can be as immoderate as they like because the corpus does not die. In a sense, the invention of the corporation (public or private) enables natural persons to evade nature's limits. The man-made corporation can be as toxic as it wants because there are no natural limits to its existence. It can lay waste to one resource base and just move on to the next.

Corporatocracy is the merger of man-made bodies with the rule of law. Their purpose is to deprive with impunity. Their motivation is not hierarchy. Hierarchy is a distraction. The corporate agenda is to destroy. That is, artificial bodies are created to destroy natural systems. Assured destruction, but it's not mutual because man-made bodies, being figments of the imagination, cannot be destroyed.

Men are right to be wary of the monsters they have created. Corporations can afford to be ruthless because they need not fear death. Men are attracted to them because they are vehicles of ruthlessness. Thus, the restrictions appended to the Constitution are anomalous. Private corporations were invented to avoid them. We should not expect legislators to impose restrictions voluntarily. They have to be purposed.

"Corporatocracy," unlike "deprivator," is a recognized word. However, most discussions seem to overlook that the nation state, as organized under the U.S. Constitution, is first and foremost a corporation, whose limitations are sought to be evaded by the invention of the private corporation, an improvement -- just as long lasting, but more potent.

Originally posted to hannah on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by Anti-Capitalist Chat, Climate Change SOS, In Support of Labor and Unions, and Community Spotlight.

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