Hopefully everyone had a good Fourth of July celebration. Although not a traditional history of it, the actual one helps to shed light on the event.
It started with the British East India Company, the Dutch East India Company and the like. They were the first corporations, designed solely for profit. They earned it by kidnapping people for free labor. Also they plundered the world for natural resources.
The colonies were not the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the Commonwealth of Virginia and so on. They too were organized as companies. The early settlers didn’t like this status and revolted. In a sense the American Declaration of Independence was the start of the world’s first anti-corporate movement. Later on Jefferson warned with dismay of the growing power of this young country’s own “moneyed interests.”
At this time when we have granted corporations personhood, at least we can celebrate the colonists’ sentiment. Also we can thank them for stating in the Constitution that the people are sovereign; first-and-foremost we are a democracy.
Tim Mavrides, Mesa
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