« Henny Penny! Forget Protecting Marriage With Prop 8 »

There is plenty of talk these days about how if gays are allowed to marry then all of Western Civilization will collapse. So the logic goes that we must "protect marriage" —or else! I take issue with this, not just because it is complete hyperbole, but because the collapse of Western Civ so far probably has more to do with granting rights to those who should not have such rights to exist and thrive. Call me un-American but I think that if we want to legislate controls over an institution that has the power to wreck families, mess up civilization, and perhaps even sign its name to a royally messed up ecosystem that might not recover in several of our lifetimes—effectively ruining civilizations that rely on clean water, fertile soil and renewable resources, then the time has come to rein in the power of corporate capitalism by revoking corporate personhood (or visit POCLAD). Maybe now that capitalism is imploding worldwide due to its very greed-fostering nature, there could be some move toward limiting corporate power by removing its legal protection as if it were a living human being.

I like to think we're moving toward a post-corporate world, but I think it has to get worse before it gets better. It will take some more time and lots more damage to economies, ecosystems, and human dignity before the scoundrels are run out of town. The industrial-capitalist and financial-capitalist world is going to have some 'splainin' to do to those who lost homes and fortunes, fertile soil to toxic waste, or limbs to factory jobs, but for now, there is still plenty of power wielded by bands of robbers known as corporations who have legal rights the same as—and sometimes superior to—yours and mine.

But some would like you to think that gay people who wish to be married brought all this ruin upon us. If you want to talk about legally protecting what is unnatural, why not look into corporate personhood and what woes that has brought?

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