Copyright Ken Reiner 2002
Ken Reiner, a founding
member of the Alliance for Democracy who attended its initial organizational
meetings in Chicago and the founding convention at the Mo Ranch in Texas in
1996, is a successful inventor and businessman. Billions of one of his inventions, a simple self-locking nut,
are used in 90% of the airplanes in the world.
Another of his devices, a simple two-piece clip for holding women's
pincurls (called Klippies), was used by tens of millions of women. In Long Beach, California, he and his wife
Dottie currently run a small manufacturing company that makes proprietary
projects that he has invented. They
support a variety of organizations with their contributions, and Reiner has
proposed that those organizations form a coalition to end the domination of
society by giant corporations, an idea that has contributed to the development
of an Alliance project to form a communications network perhaps to be called
Equal Independent Allies.
What distinguishes societally-destructive corporations from
other businesses that may or may not use the corporate form? Ken Reiner has been thinking about this
subject for a third of a century, and this is his answer.
I view the continuing growth of corporate power and its
despotic control of governments throughout the world, including our own, as a
socio-economic disease. While Mussolini
and others named it "Fascism," I call it "Corporism" because
that name better reveals its underlying institutional structure. I would define Corporism as the domination
of government and society by the emergence and power of the giant
publicly-traded multinational corporations and financial institutions, organized
in totalitarian hierarchies, which singly and in combinations buy or destroy
their competitors, corrupt the politics of nations, and seize, hoard, and wield
for themselves most of the wealth of the human race.
We must recognize that we do have this cancerous disease,
what it is doing to us and the world we live in, how it came about
historically, and how and why it continues to be generated and sustained now in
our society. Just as computer viruses
find their ways into the software of our computers and destroy their operation,
Corporism, promulgating itself by financial, legal, and technological means,
has infected society in ways that lead to the hoarding of human resources,
increasing insecurity and misery for the bulk of the world's population, perhaps
even to worldwide holocaust. We must
conquer this disease if we are to survive.
Long before the birth of the American Republic, the British
crown adapted the corporation that was the form of ancient universities into a
device to dominate British colonies throughout the world, including those on
this continent. Through their
"crown corporations" the Kings of England and their designated agents
governed, taxed, and controlled the production and trade and skimmed off the
profits of their colonial lands and subjects, enforcing their reign by military
means. When our forebears revolted,
defeated the British, and formed the United States, we also wiped out the
King's corporations. They ceased to
exist here. That was part of what independence meant to our founding fathers.
By the time of our civil war, however, the "robber
barons," those famous, greedy, wealthy, ruthless American industrialists,
had again found ways to establish device of British kings to their own aggrandizement. In court case after court case for almost a
century and a half, corporation lawyers have refined and perfected the legal
immunities and powers of these artificial, state-created, wealth-hoarding,
irresponsible entities. Beginning in
1886, they prevailed upon the U.S. Supreme Court to grant them virtually all of
the constitutional rights of citizens.
This in effect allowed them to resume the role of their royal
predecessors in ruling the country. In
cahoots with their banks, huge corporations now control America's body politic
by reason of their bald-faced purchases of the three branches of the American
government and America's major media.
In consequence, by the beginning of the 21st Century the
United States had ceased to function as a republic, much less as a
democracy. These giant corporations,
headed in most instances by members of an extremely wealthy elite group of
multimillionaires and even billionaires, subvert healthy enterprise and true
entrepreneurship. One percent of those
at the top of the economic scale now have as much wealth as the bottom 95%, and
the ratio keeps worsening. We humans,
reduced to being "the non-corporate citizens" of the United States,
retain only those rights and benefits that Corporate America allows us. Corporations in essence now elect and
control our government, write virtually all its laws, and have control of the
police, the courts, and the military.
This same Corporate America, ensconced now as "the
only superpower," through its foreign subsidiaries and the state-corporate
world-governing instruments, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and
the International Monetary Fund, effectively controls the entire world. We Americans have come full circle in these
past 225 years. We overthrew the
British King's corporate rulers in 1776, but now we suffer the domination of
American corporate rulers who are also colonizing the rest of the world on
behalf of themselves.
Is this the land of the free our forbears fought with their
lives to establish? Do we have any
chance of peacefully co-existing with the growing number of nations our
multinational corporations are exploiting and impoverishing throughout the
world? Half the world's people are
being thrown into greater and greater poverty, starvation, and despair as they
lose their means of livelihood, their health, their cultures, and their hopes
for self-government and self-sufficiency.
They, like us, can find no ways to improve their access to and control
over their governments.
But they know where the power center is, in New York and
Washington. On September 11th, 2001,
just a few men, probably no more than 19 of them, organized into four bands,
and armed only with box-cutters, hijacked four commercial airliners from three
separate airports hundreds of miles apart and, in a painstakingly planned
suicidal operation, flew two of the planes into America's famous trade-center
towers which came crashing down, another into one of the five wings of the
Pentagon, and another into the earth in Pennsylvania, the target still not
known or revealed. These startling,
horrific acts, unopposed by our defense forces for still unexplained reasons,
causing almost 3,000 deaths, took place in broad daylight. The repercussions that immediately ensued
were new in human history. Televised
images of these cataclysmic events and the chaos in the streets of New York
were viewed by hundreds of millions of people around the world, assuring
This was followed by the shutdown of national air travel
and the stock market, President Bush's declaration of war against those he
claimed he knew were responsible or suspected of aiding the hijackers, the war
against and bombing of Afghanistan, a clampdown on civil liberties in the
United States, and the dispatch of U.S. troops to the Philippines, the nation
of Georgia, and Indonesia. And any day
now, as we write, we plan to attack 23-million-person nation of Iraq, which
sits on eleven percent of the world's oil supply.
As if that wasn't enough, The Los Angeles Times recently
revealed that in a new Nuclear Posture Review, signed by Donald Rumsfeld after
close consultation with George W. Bush, our corporate-controlled government
considers seven sovereign nations possible targets of our nuclear weapons and,
casting aside the taboo against using nuclear weapons, appears to be preparing
to use them to fight the war on Iraq and future wars.
Our government's fundamental answer to September 11th in
its "war on terrorism" is a demand for a military budget larger than
the combined such budgets of the next 14 largest national militaries and a
promise of endless war making around the world. The reality that America rules the world through force of arms,
trade treaties that give our corporations the advantage, and U.S. control of
the world oil supply through our "association" with the dynastic
rulers of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, must be addressed and
renounced. In a world filled with
poverty-stricken, starving people, a doctrine of America-First hegemony based
on market profitability as the factor guiding the world, instead of the
well-being of people and nature, puts all of human society on the verge of
explosion and revolt.
Were the plain facts of the corporate takeover of the
United States and the world known and understood by a large section of the
American people (they are not because the corporate media belong to the forces
governing us), no doubt our citizenry would try to overturn those who have
created this situation. As long as our
response to attacks on us is military there will likely continue to be many
more such calamitous attacks on us, even perhaps with devastating nuclear,
chemical, or biological weapons. These may come from persons outside of the
country, or they may come from domestic sources, such as the Oklahoma City
attack and possibly the anthrax attacks.
It can now be seen that the root of our national crisis is
the system that was designed to enfranchise only propertied white males. That system, Corporism, refined and
perfected by the robber barons in 1886 and beyond by the Supreme Court's
establishment of the rule of Americans by public corporations, effectively
takes the wealth of the many and funnels it to the few. The kind of economic and political growth
that Corporism engenders, under the unitary law of profit over people and
place, is leading our nation and the world toward a totally inhuman,
anti-environmental state. That in turn
is leading more and more people throughout the world to blame our country for
their suffering, with many seeking our demise by one means or another.
We are now in exceedingly dire straits, and it is
imperative that we understand how these forces improperly controlling the world
developed, and continue to grow, right under our eyes, right here in this
country. To contribute to an
understanding of how this happened is the purpose of this essay.
THE FOUNDERS of our democracy regarded corporations as
pariahs. The Boston Tea Party and our
ensuing American Revolution had the primary purpose of freeing us from the
domination of the British Crown and the Crown's corporations, which ruled the
colonies in the Eighteenth Century. Originally the states chartered public
corporations for limited terms of years and specific operations. Our founders
insisted that these limited-purpose corporations were creations of the people
and could be shut down by the people.
Since the Civil War, however, America's public
corporations have developed and grown dynamically. In 1886, in Santa Clara
County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
was reported to have declared that the court regarded corporations as
"persons" under the Fourteenth Amendment, although the court did not
so hold in its decision. That amendment
had been adopted to guarantee formerly-enslaved blacks the full protections of
the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
It had not been written with corporations in mind. The doctrine that corporations, like
persons, have personal constitutional rights is strictly judge-made law without
the authority or awareness, and against the interests of, the people. Once the public corporations had been
granted these rights--extending eventually to almost all personal
constitutional rights--they escaped the control of the states and gained powers
that our founders thought had been revoked forever.
If we are to reclaim the democracy we have lost because of
these court decisions, this gross error must be corrected. As Justice William O. Douglas stated in a
famous 1948 Supreme Court dissent: "If they (the people) want corporations
to be treated as humans are treated, if they want to grant corporations this
large degree of emancipation from state regulation, they should say so. The Constitution provides a method by which
they may do so. We should not do it for
them through the guise of interpretation.
I can only conclude that the Santa Clara case was wrong, and should be
As an engineer, I know that to solve any problem the first
and most important step is to understand what the problem really is. I have been a successful manufacturer,
independent entrepreneur, and inventor for more than half a century. My wife and I actively run a manufacturing
company, and from that perspective for more than the past 40 years I have
experienced and talked about Corporism, which I believe is society's greatest
It starts in this manner. A business enterprise "goes
public," that is, it sells shares through a public offering in the
marketplace, and thereby embarks on a sustained program of uncontrollable and
potentially unlimited growth. As the
corporation grows and grows it becomes more powerful, richer, more important,
and more incorrigible. Its growth becomes as incompatible with the needs of
society as cancer cells are to the needs of the body. As cancer cells overpower normal cells and the person dies; our
civilization is going through this same kind of process. Corporate growth and power have destroyed
our body politic and are now proceeding to enslave our citizenry as well as the
people of other societies.
A public corporation's fundamental characteristic, its
nature, is to expand constantly, to grow ad infinitum. This trait is dominant from the first moment
of its public existence, making it an uncontrollable element in society with
the capability of destroying its opponents--and ultimately, in the aggregate,
our civilization and the ecosystem in which we exist.
Every successful public corporation goes through this same
pattern. Throughout its new corporate life it pursues its single, simple goal
of maximizing profits with optimum effective disregard for any societal or
human consequence; by the rules of their charters and their court-defined
obligations, corporations have only one goal, profit maximization. This is why many public corporations are
guided eventually by accountants: the bottom line is all that matters. As Milton Friedman so aptly stated,
"The corporation cannot be ethical; its only responsibility is to turn a
profit." Should a firm fail to
excel in that one goal, even briefly, it will be seized and absorbed by another
more powerful corporate entity, often with junk-bond financing.
How do these public corporations daily harm society? With public monies, their growth is vastly
accelerated, and they can select an area of business, dominate it, and ultimately
monopolize it. When independent private
enterprises try to compete with public corporations in the same field there's
usually no contest. The public
corporation's tremendous buying power stemming from its vast financial
resources soon dominates the marketplace.
Witness what Home Depots have done to neighborhood hardware
stores, or Stapleses and Office Depots to stationery stores, or Borders, Barnes
& Noble, and Waldenbooks to neighborhood bookstores. Look at what corporate agribusinesses have
done to family farmers, HMOs to the medical profession. By reason of their
buying power and global resources, public corporations can import products made
in foreign lands, frequently by slave and child labor, without the health or
safety regulations that are applicable to domestic manufacturers.
Clearly, public corporations destroying the infrastructure
of our legitimate business communities.
Far fewer owners of local businesses pay local, state, and federal taxes
and serve on local civic committees.
Profits are now funneled to distant, out-of-state or out-of-country
locations where taxes are limited or sheltered through one ruse or another,
piling much heavier burdens on local taxpayers. The Enron Corporation used hundreds of offshore affiliates to pay
no taxes at all in four of its last five years, a prime example of corporate
misbehavior. And all such ruses and
practices have been made completely legal and proper by the pliant Congress
that corporate money has bought.
Superstores or supermanufacturers, abetted by the
"deregulation" approved by an accommodating Congress, destroy
competition. Then the prices on
commodities they sell either to consumers or to industry rise considerably, for
when competition dies out prices go up.
In today's corporate economy the cost of product bears
little relationship to the price asked.
Look how the price of major-brand gasoline is lowered when there is an
independent competitor in the area.
That same major brand sells for a lot more a few miles down the road
while major companies try to buy or force the independent out. Rockefeller made his fortune with Standard
Oil of New Jersey doing just that.
Today independent oil companies are virtually nonexistent, and the price
of gasoline skyrockets when the international oil cartel decides that it
should. So do the prices of natural gas
and all sorts of energy. All the
producers, having deregulated the marketplace, can charge whatever they
wish. Not too long ago telephone
directory service was free; now it can cost as much as several dollars a
number, depending on which phone company you must use! Tens of thousands of products, costing only
pennies to manufacture, sell in stores for many dollars, even if they are made
in China or Haiti by workers paid 15 cents an hour. Superstores, supermarkets, and other chains feature and limit the
items they sell to highly-advertised brands produced by multinational
companies, charging whatever price is obtainable--the operational phrase is
"what the market will bear."
All told, Americans are undoubtedly paying the multinationals, by reason
of their monopolistic practices and power, hundreds of billions of dollars
annually in excess charges. Essentially
these "profits" are hidden taxes on all of us, though the money doesn't
go to our government. As Adam Smith
wrote, high profits are "absurd taxes."
Perhaps, however, the greatest threat to our democracy from
public corporations is the breakdown of ethical standards that their practices
embody and their policies demand. In
turn, this breakdown is driving citizens down to similar standards and
practices in their pursuit of jobs or business. Just as a boxer obeying the
Marquis of Queensbury Rules can't compete in a fight with a person boxing under
street rules, a legitimate businessperson can't compete effectively with
another one who follows no rules whatsoever--or, in the case of the public
corporation, which uses its power to make the rules or bend them in its
favor. When the government abandons its
role in providing a level playing field, as ours has, and anything goes, as
anything does, the most aggressive and heavily financed company wins.
IN CONTRAST to the inhuman public corporation, there are a
variety of other forms of endeavor, such as proprietorships, partnerships,
co-ops, worker-owned enterprises, and private corporations. The public corporation is as different from
these as night from day, and for a basic reason. The public corporation is the only one of such entities that has
made a legally binding agreement with its investors to at all times maximize
stockholders' profits; no such requirement exists for any of the aforementioned
entities. The system that drives public
corporations does not apply to private enterprises, which operate purely at
their owners' discretion.
Now, due to tax, property, and other laws, most U.S.
businesses, no matter how small, as well as numerous professionals, incorporate
primarily to obtain liability protection for their owners, stockholders, officers,
and directors. They do this since not
to do it would be imprudent. Here in
the United States, if people invest monies in any business venture that is not
incorporated, potentially they expose their entire estates to the uncertainties
of the marketplace, aggressive attorneys, powerful predators, or competitors
set on destroying or acquiring their businesses. They could become personally
indebted for years or be forced into personal bankruptcy. Another reason: tax laws provide solely to
corporations the means for sequestering profits to accumulate the capital
necessary for growth, so in effect any business planning on growth must of
necessity incorporate under present laws and tax rules.
Most businesses or financial endeavors begin small, usually
producing services or a product. The
complexity of business causes the majority of them fail within the first three
or four years. Typically those that
survive thereafter will grow healthily, achieve some stability, provide
employment, pay taxes, and become integral parts of the communities where they
are situated. They fill basic needs of
their communities and frequently in areas beyond.
Privately-owned small businesses, professions, and other
enterprises, whether incorporated or not, are the true cornerstones of our
economy. Privately-owned small businesses differ radically from public
corporations in that such small businesses are creative, dynamic, diverse,
employ local people, and frequently support community endeavors. Their activities are easily observable and
understandable and, subject, of course, to argument, are usually compatible
with society's needs. Small independent
local businesses have always been the cornerstones of the business community.
Depending on the levels of profitability and reinvestment
they can grow to sizable proportions. A
business that a partner and I started in 1943 with investments of $400 apiece
was valued at around $15 million in 1961. There were no outside investors, all
corporate stock was owned equally by the two of us. Our product sales were worldwide and our expansion did not
require going public. Many
privately-owned companies have grown to immense sizes, although their rate of
growth is usually slower than that of public corporations.
Not all private corporations are beneficial to society, nor
are all proprietorships, partnerships, co-ops, or any other kind of business
entities. Each enterprise reflects the
personalities and character of those who create and run it. Private businesses, usually run by
well-meaning people, may also be run by people who fall into the anti-social
patterns of the public corporation.
Frequently companies that grow large and powerful develop leaders who
possess more power over others than it is wise to permit. With that power there is always the
temptation to go for even more power.
Those at the head of private corporations can become creatures of power
and greed just as the heads of public corporations do.
But the heads of private companies or corporations are able
to make up their minds on the goals and standards of their business--no one can
tell them what must be done. On the
other hand, to reach a secure level within the public corporation, CEOs and
their management people have to submit to the corporate mantra, to maximize
profits in every way possible to insure the best short-term bottom-line
figures. So when the owner of a private
corporation goes public, he contracts with investors to do everything he can to
maximize their earnings, and his investors include savvy mutual fund
managers. In the context of more than a
century of case law, the owner then has a mandatory, legal requirement to
follow the corporate credo, the end justifies the means--whatever needs to be
done to maximize stockholder profits must be done whether or not that action
hurts employees, customers, the environment or the community. If that isn't a Faustian pact with the devil
I don't know what is.
And the rewards are big!--compensation packages in the
millions of dollars, with all sorts of perks, stock options frequently worth
tens to hundreds of millions of dollars, and in some cases billions. Under today's corporate laws in the United
States there are absolutely no limits to how big a company can become or how much
its executives can be paid. And under
the right conditions oodles of publicly accessible funds are available--the
more profitable the business, the more money is available. With the payoffs so fabulous, is it any
wonder that those persons to whom great wealth is the most important objective
in life gravitate toward going public?
Why not subordinate your morals for a while to become a millionaire
overnight, to be free from want, from work, from all restraints, and to be
admired as a success? How many people
can resist that?
And then, what are embryonic public corporations but
"live bait" for larger public corporations which, using their vast
resources, can gobble them up almost at will?
In a sense the new public corporations are the growth industry of the
multinationals. Many multinationals,
lacking creative talent or disvaluing what talent they have, can grow only by
assimilating these newer entities, many of which are on the cutting edge of new
technologies or creativity. Generally
speaking, the size and hidebound nature of major corporations prevent them from
creating their own innovations. I truly
believe that if public corporations were barred from acquiring smaller
corporations or businesses, they could not dominate the economy as they now do.
Actually it wasn't too many years ago that the law prevented public
corporations from buying others, but, as with virtually all laws restricting
the growth of megacorporations, that rule has been repealed, too.
THE DISEASE of Corporism is endemic in America today; there
is little if any concern on the part of public corporations for the health and
welfare of their customers or the public they sell to. There is no fair trade, no fair play. There is no way for injured customers to
obtain redress of their grievances or collect damages against corporations too
powerful to sue effectively in court, no way to prevent public corporations
from sending the bills to the American taxpayer for the damages they cause in
communities or for losses caused by corporate fraud or failures, no
sufficiently powerful political party that will represent consumers and
citizens and protect them from monopoly-created excessive costs. There are just no remedies at all.
After the 2000 election it became all too clear that the
political parties in our two-party system, both of which are totally under the
control of corporate finance and capital, have in fact perfected a system that
locks out any third party from effective access to the people and deprives the
people of knowledge about alternatives that are likely to improve their
lot. Lawmakers from either of the two
parties cannot obtain or retain their seats in Congress without earning the
financial support of their corporate sponsors by doing their bidding. The slogan of America as the country
"of the people, by the people, for the people" is thus exposed as a
Can we allow the people who command these vast,
inaccessible corporations to run our work, our lives, our political
parties? We do now because we haven't
found a way to stop them, but we must find a way. People elsewhere in the world believe we have democracy and
freedom here, and of course compared to certain societies we do. But more and more of us who live here know
that we have democracy in name only, that in reality we have lost it to the
robber barons and the corporations they spawned--to an elite oligarchy that
rules us with the iron fist of the Supreme Court and the police and military
forces at the captive government's disposal.
A world ruled by multinational corporations is the opposite
of a world ruled by people. It was a
gross mistake to allow these mythical entities, corporations, to be given the
rights of citizens, to function as "family" within our communities. Like the blood-sucking Dracula of Bram
Stoker, they pretend to be human, but by their nature they prey upon humans at
An ever-increasing tangle of new chemicals and toxins is
infesting our air, water and food, which daily become more contaminated, as do
our bodies. That is only one of the
astounding specters that now actually threaten us--global warming and the
rising sea level; the ever-growing hole in the ozone exposing us to cancer-causing
ultraviolet rays; the destruction of life in the oceans; the emergence of
global water shortages, welcomed as just another opportunity for profit and
growth by the late unlamented Enron and the wholly opportunistic multinational
corporations that presently rule us.
And threatening us even more than all these tangible things
is the capture of the minds of the masses of people by the insidious corporate
TV culture--the conversion of billions of us, through TV propaganda and trivial
entertainment, into unthinking, dependent consumers, and the amalgamation of
the venerable varieties of human life and culture into one world society
addicted to and dependent on the types of products, services, values, and
culture that the multinationals are best equipped to produce, foster, and
The terrible truth
is, we are fast losing our civilization, which was thousands of years in the
making. Just as fish don't know they're
in water, collectively we do not realize that we have been plunged into a
commercial effluvium that is suffocating us and draining away our
This seizure of our civilization and humanity by giant
corporations must be reversed.
Corporism, today's government of the corporation, by the corporation,
and for the corporation must not be permitted to continue. Unless and until we can make corporations
powerless to control either us or our government they will continue to divide
us by race, by class, by haves and have-nots, by religion, by any and every
means possible. The world's bankers, in
concert with the largest corporations in the world (which they enable, since
they are cut from the same cloth), will use the justice system against us at
every turn, as they have just done in the very selection of a president they
preferred, and they will oppose us ferociously with their police systems,
armies, and mind-numbing propaganda.
There are a myriad of real problems, human and ecological,
that we must get on with. We need a
truly democratic government representing only the people, for without that we
are truly lost. We Americans invented
and refined Corporism, and let it break loose upon the rest of the world. Now
we must band together with people all over the world to stop this huge mistake
from destroying everything we hold dear and creating a world unworthy of the
potential of human beings. It will be a
tough struggle, and it will have to be world-wide, for technology has enabled
the multinationals to be in power everywhere and their leaders won't just give
up the system that gives them money, power, and what they see as the good life
at the expense of the have-nots of the world, who have become their (and our)
Can we actually recover control of our societies from
corporations? It's almost too late, and
we can fiddle around no longer; freedom, variety, and democracy are slipping
out of focus. It will take a superhuman
effort to overcome these seemingly insurmountable forces, but it can and it
must be done. Many of us are legitimate
business people trying to earn a reasonable livelihood while producing products
or services for our communities or the nation.
We private business owners need to resist the corporate powers just as
much as workers or retirees.
Fortunately, many in our country have tasted democracy and freedom, and
still believe in them, and will not accept the cancerous dismantling of our
economic production, our systems of justice, and our freedom in the cause of
building a transnational corporate oligarchy.
We all have so much in common. We believe in families, in children growing up healthily. For that a family needs a decent home in a
nonviolent neighborhood and enough income from one parent working to at least
let the other parent teach and supervise the child or children. Public schools are needed with classes small
enough that teachers, supplied with good teaching materials, have a chance to
teach. Citizens must not accept the
reduced status of being merely consumers; a democratic society cannot survive
without reliable knowledge about what is happening inside the country and
throughout the world. Therefore,
commercial TV must not dominate our national broadcasting, as currently it
does, and radio and TV outlets, utilizing the airwaves that we the public own,
must be made freely available to all communities throughout the nation for
wide-open public discourse.
I urge every legitimate business person to join with every
worker, in every industry, and with every union representing workers--I call on
every cleric or religious person, every politician genuinely interested in the
people, the heads of all non-governmental and non-profit organizations, and
every person raising a family, every student of voting age, every mother and
father in every village, city, state or country, to join the struggle against
corporism. You might start by talking to neighbors, friends, associates about
the facts you are aware of, complain as cogently and as clearly as you can, and
then find allies and common ground through organizations that are in no way financed
by, related to, or supported by corporate interests or the foundations
controlled by them. With an advance
wave of hundreds of thousands of students in American universities, we are on
the move. Many dedicated groups are
working together already, and many more are springing up in this hemisphere and
on other continents. As we saw in Seattle in 1999 and have seen again and again
since then, a powerful movement of popular revolt against corporate domination
and for justice and peace is rising in the United States and all over the
world. Join this movement here and all
over the world, help your fellow citizens save civilization.