Declaration of Interdependence
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for people to restructure the economic bands which have connected them with others and to assume among the responsibilities of the earth, the interconnected and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God require of them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to this interconnection.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Corporations are instituted among us, deriving their just powers from the consent of those who dedicate their lives to them, — That whenever any Form of Corporation becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Economic Structures, laying their foundations on such principles and organizing their powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Corporations long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that people are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Corporations, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these people; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Economic Sustenance. The history of the present Corporate Leaders is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the people. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
They have refused Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
They have forbidden the elected Governors chosen by them to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance.
They have used their unnatural political influence to pervert the process of drawing the boundaries of congressional districts to rob people of the right to a fair vote:
They have refused to allow the passage of other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those laws be written to conform to their narrow economic interests. The effect being that the laws be ineffectual in their initial purpose.
They have corrupted the political legislative process to be unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the goals and aspirations of the people for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures.
They have engaged in repeated and flagrant political corruption to thwart the will of the people.
They have endeavored to prevent the legal population of these Corporations; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners to secure a permanent group of people condemned to bare subsistence for the sole purpose of increasing their net operating income.
They have erected a multitude of New Companies, and sent hither swarms of Workers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
They have combined together to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us for the purpose of securing their private interests:
For engaging in deceptive dialog to avoid responsibility for, and the need to change, practices that have injured countless numbers of people through the sale of cigarettes and the production of greenhouse gases:
For the voracious destruction of the natural world and creation of an environment with levels of extinction of numerous magnificent creations see only once before in our knowledge of time:
For blatant disregard for the effects of toxic chemicals and the destruction of habitat and the poisoning of people:
For engaging in employment practices that have repeatedly stripped people of access to affordable health care, a livable wage, workplace protections, and the ability to have the time and resources to create a healthy, nurturing family life:
For the corruption of our tax laws to avoid paying a fair share of the cost of a civil society and the intentional shifting of the tax burden to the hard working middle class:
For repeated meddling in the political electoral process to the effect of gaining more influence and power than is due to them as individuals.
For the repeated and outrageous dehumanizing treatment of people who are engaged in the activity of making them money:
For flaunting their extreme wealth and conspicuous consumption of the limited resources of the earth:
For dismantling the efficiency and competence of our governmental agencies by the placement of cronies and political operatives in positions of extreme importance to further their own narrow interests.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Leader, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of an incorporation of free people.
Too, they have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. There is no need to acquiesce in the necessity of holding any person Enemy for as long as they hold themselves in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United Economic States of Earth, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Unions, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Economic States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Interdependent Unions, that they are Resolved to Allegiance to the Future Generations of this Earth, and that all economic connection between them and all others, is and ought to be totally resolved to planning for the Seventh Generation yet to be; and that as Free and Interdependent Unions, they have full Power to protect their interests, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Interdependent Unions may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The Next American Evolution
Incorporated Democracy and a Return to Common Sense.
There seems to be a growing consensus in this country that some thing is not quite right. That there is something structurally wrong with how society is functioning.
We are a world of incredible abundance that is not shared equitably, and we are beginning to believe that the American Dream is slipping away. The growing common wisdom is that the old belief of work hard, play by the rules, pay your dues, and you can build a life, not of riches, but of security, with some room for joy, seems more and more like a sucker’s bet.
Most of us have come to believe that we have hot air balloon economy that we get to ride in when things are going up, but we are tossed overboard if things dip in the slightest.
Honesty and integrity are becoming viewed as liabilities, as we see success going to those who are willing to take advantage and work the system. It is a commonly held belief that almost anyone who has succeeded, has done so at a price to others. Or that, as more and more of the wealth of our nation is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, success is going to those born of riches. Warren Buffett, no less, has said that "the idea that you hand over huge positions in society simply because someone came from the right womb - I just think it's almost un-American,".
It feels like the land of opportunity is going the way of the landed gentry and we have come to fear for the world we are leaving to our children.
But this moment in time is nothing new. From the beginning of the very origins of life there has been a struggle to evolve. The history of evolution has been the story of the triumph of cooperation over the tyranny of free riders. Of barriers to cooperation overcome, and the capturing of effects, and the distribution of benefits to those who create them, and then the deluge of abundance that follows the implementation of a better design.
From the primordial soup, with its auto catalytic sets of enzymes and proteins, and the creation of the cellular wall to keep out free riders and limit the benefits of cooperation to those who created them; to the development of hunter/gatherer bands, where free riders, who did not contribute and share, were banished to die in the wilderness; to the rise of Monarchies and the implementation of the rule of law, where thieves were punished harshly to protect the integrity of the emerging marketplace; to the Magna Carta and the nobility who reining in the excesses of the Crown; to the American Revolution and the increasingly powerful merchant class who dared to imagine a nation without a King; to today and our current barriers to cooperation -- the story is the same and the solutions have already been found.
It has been said that to know the true power within a society you need only look at the largest buildings in town. At the height of the Age of Kings, the castle loomed high above everything. During the Age of Enlightenment, the Church dominated the skyline. Then, the glorious monuments to democratic governance rose at the center of the great capitals of the world. Now, it is the corporate headquarters that darkens the streets below.
Akio Morida, the founder of Sony once said that “nations are a dying industry, corporations are the structures of the future.” By that, he meant to say that the true power of world society was no longer the halls of Congresses, or the gilded rooms of Parliaments, but was instead the Board Rooms of the world. The multinational corporation is the first organism in fossil history that is planetary in scope. Its’ organizational structure knows no geographic or political boundaries, and its’ loyalties are not to nations, but only to themselves.
So it is here that we must find our answers.
Many citizen of the world are coming to hate corporations and see them as something to be destroyed. Just as many Revolutions thru out history have sought, as their primary goal, to violently destroy the governments that oppressed them. Rarely did that worked out so well for regular folks; and, often, a greater tyranny took its place (although it is a perilous thing to try and judge relative tyrannies from the security of even a poorly functioning democracy).
America was blessed with founders who loved government and thought long and hard about what form of government would most likely secure the rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. They felt deeply that prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. It was the intensity of their respect for government that enabled them to lay the foundation for the great American experiment that the world has reaped the benefits of for over 250 years, and the flood of abundance that has flowed from their work has uplifted large segments of the world from want.
Now is our time to do our part.
The incorporation of democracy is the great movement of our generation. Are we willing to mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honors? If great patriots do not step forward in this time of peril, demagogues and charlatans will seize the levers of evolution and manipulate us to their purposes. Hitler rose from the economic ashes of the Weimer Republic. We must never forget the price of liberty.
On 7/7/07 a small group of committed patriots ratified the Declaration of Interdependence that set forth the causes which impelled them to seek to form a more perfect economic union, so that companies of the people, for the people and by the people shall not perish from the earth.
We now seek to convene an Intercontinental Congress to draft the constitution for the new democratic economic nations that will be needed to insure that our children inherit a future more magnificent than our own.