Welcome to Veridian, America

22 Jan

An apple is not an orange. My wallet is not a tree. A truck is not a pair of jeans. And a corporation is not a person. This is not a letter/spirit of the law thing, this is just… true.

If there’s really nothing to be done about Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling, then it really is just a matter of time until day-to-day life becomes an unfunny version of Better Off Ted.

ABC’s (hilarious) corporate send-up takes on a bit of a new flavor now, doesn’t it?  While the writers get a lot of mileage out of ironically having Portia Di Rossi anthropomorphize a corporation (i.e. “The Corporation would rather you didn’t do that.”), Justices Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito, and Thomas have just literally anthropomorphized corporations. As if by some black alchemy, they have made them People.

So. Prepare for a world in which every day is casual Fribsday and all scientists (even the funny ones) are evil; where each of us is placed in his or her own cat- or space-themed cubicle and all the stolen coffee creamer in the world can’t set things right.

ABC may be canceling the show, but in a few years, we’ll get to live it.

Welcome to Veridian, America. The Corporation has been waiting for you.


2 Responses to “Welcome to Veridian, America”

  1. Anne January 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    I am so sickened by this ruling I am close to being unable to think of anything else. This spells, in my opinion, disaster for our country. I hope to God someone figures out how to stop this.

    • Kirk January 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

      I’m right there with you, Anne.

      Glenn Greenwald has a post up at Salon that diminishes the importance of the ruling itself, if you’re looking for a level-headed contrarian viewpoint.

      But as much as I generally appreciate Greenwald’s mind and insight, I just don’t agree with some of his post, particularly that the ACLU and Planned parenthood (or even labor unions) also being exempted in any way mitigates the damage done by the ruling – the disparity between the financial resources of those corporations and those of multi-billion dollar corporations like Haliburton or Monsanto is so massive as to render the comparison laughable.

      And the fact that things were fundamentally already this way doesn’t exactly make me feel better. In fact, it’s practically the definition of “Cold Comfort.”

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