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February 04, 2006
Proper Blogging

Sorry about the ranting yesterday. Those of you who stop by to see if I'm linking to any stories that the rest of the world isn't probably hate that kind of thing.

I'm going to do proper blogging today. More links, less lip.

But first....

Trouble in Cubicle Nation says that massive corporate profits don't mean happy workers. What's good for corporations isn't necessarily good for people. Well, duh.

And if it's corporations against people? Smart money knows to bet on the corporations. (They're "persons" you understand, but not to the extent that they're required to obey the law or be punished for their transgressions.)

He's another corporation, which probably explains why Pat Robertson won't be called to account for hate speech, making death threats, or acting to incite terrorist acts after he repeated his demand that we assassinate Hugo Chavez.

Although he's not the only one throwing stones that direction right now. Hitler? Is Rumseld, as a good Bush Family Administration official, hinting that we should do business with Chavez? Appease him? What?

He doesn't seem to feel that way about other folks. Another headline says, " Rumsfeld Urges Diplomacy in Iran Dispute. (You think they'll send Bolton, the Bush Administration's poster boy for diplomacy?)

Okay, still plenty of attitude but I'm trying. (Still! It's all linky, right? So it's more like Real Blogging.)

Posted by AnneZook at 12:32 PM


Comments

The rants were good. It'll be a little while before we catch our breath to respond, though.

Robertson's existence as an economic entity has actually forced him to back away from extreme statements before. After Ariel Sharon's stroke, which Robertson called divine justice for "dividing the holy land," Israeli outrage threatened a "Christ-land in Israel" theme park development of Robertson's, and he apologized.

It's not much, but it does give you a pretty damned good idea what his moral calculus is...

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at February 4, 2006 03:31 PM

Good catch on corporate personality from Common Dreams.

When my car infringes other than by being pulled up by a patrol officer, I get mailed a citation as registered owner but I can finger the actual driver. So when a corporation infringes, its criminality should be assumed unless it can finger the individual criminals.

Posted by: AlanDownunder at February 4, 2006 06:54 PM

Jonathan - I generally assume people just roll their eyes and move on to a different blog when they see one of those endless rants here. :) In general, I don't get comments on them, so I assume few people are reading them. (Which is okay. I'm mostly blowing off steam.)

Anyhow who doubts that those "televangelists" are in it for the money is delusional.

Posted by: Anne at February 5, 2006 09:40 AM

Alan - The difference, of course, is that there's no law declaring that your car is a "person" with all the rights that others "persons" have.

I'm just saying. It's hard for me to support that "corporate personhood" thing. It's very difficult to pretend that a corporation is subject to the same laws and penalties as an actual person when you can't put it in jail for its crimes.

The only thing you can do is levy fines against it and in this country, the fines always seem to be just a fraction of the money the corporation made committing the crime. It's not much of a deterrent when a ten million-dollar act of fraud results in a five hundred-thousand dollar fine, you know? The crime is definitely worth the punishment.

Posted by: Anne at February 5, 2006 09:44 AM