On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
American Democracy died July 25th, 2016 in Philadelphia, after a long illness. American Democracy was 240 years old. Born on July 4, 1776, the birth was accompanied by complications and fears of failure-to-thrive. Birth-trauma was overcome with the end of the Revolutionary War and the subsequent Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787. American Democracy was a promising child of Common Good and Written Law, and belonged to a prominent family descendent from The Enlightenment.
Friday 22 July 2016, WikiLeaks released 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments obtained from the computer accounts of top members of the US Democratic National Committee. https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/ And just one of those leaked emails is enough to show the depth of corruption present in the DNC and major media corporations:
The TPP covers 40 percent of the global economy, yet it was negotiated in secret while the public was locked out. A key provision of the TPP, the ISDS, grants extraordinary new rights to thousands of foreign corporations to sue the U.S. government and thus “legally” prioritize corporate rights over the rights of government to regulate, and the sovereign right of our nation to govern in our peoples' interests. The ISDS clauses empower individual foreign corporations to skirt domestic courts and directly challenge any policy or action of a sovereign government before ISDS tribunals. Comprised of three corporate attorneys, these extrajudicial ISDS tribunals are authorized to order unlimited sums of taxpayer compensation for health, environmental, financial and other public-interest laws and regulations seen as frustrating the corporations' expectations. The amount is based on the "expected future profits" that the tribunal estimates that the corporation would have earned in the absence of the public policy it is attacking. There is no outside appeal.