So I admit I am torn on this debate. As a super villain, any excuse to suppress and control my minions (or mass public) is appealing. However, as most corporations are just lead by other competing villains, and as the debate so far has lacked any coherence, I feel compelled to weight in. Corporations are NOT people, and the fact that this is even a debate is so asinine I can’t help but laugh at all of you.
Money is More Powerful Than Voting
Voting is nothing more than an occasional ritual where we get to pick between a two to three mannequins already pre-qualified through a process called “funding.” Voting is the only time we call a couple options “choice.” Believe me, you wouldn’t call it a “choice” if MacDonald’s only had two items on the menu. Funding and raising money is the real filtering process for those we will eventually vote for.
Money Represents Value… Poorly
Each person has value, and creates value as they work. Of course we do not receive all the money which is earned by our value. When we work, our value is represented in our paychecks, but also the earnings and profits of the company we work for. While there are a few businesses pay employees close to their value, most do not. I receive some of my value through pay, but much of my value gets pooled together into the company I work for.
Money Is Free Speech… If It Is Spent By The Individuals Who Earn It
Through individual giving, we can put our value (money) behind people to represent us in a way that reflects who we are. When individuals give to candidates, donations will usually reflex the and represent the population (see chart):
However, when corporations are spending money on potential candidates it does NOT represent the public because it is the value of many people being consolidated into a few people. It means that the work and value of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, etc. are all being pooled together to “speak” for whoever is in charge of the corporation. This means money is actually SILENCING the public, not speaking for it (see chart):
This kind of fundraising creates a similar political mechanic to letting slave owners vote or “speak” on behalf of all his slaves. Corporations may be MADE of people, but they do not SPEAK for people. Letting corporations fund political candidates anonymously and without regulation is nothing short of ruling America to be a Corporatocracy.
Of course, that is all well and good, but only if I were in charge. Until then, this is obviously a very bad idea.