Despite the rulings of five dark robed Supreme Count Justices, corporations are not people. If they were, they would not be nice people. They would be selfish, inconsiderate, greedy people who would do whatever they thought necessary to get rich.
Over the past century, as corporate interests have gained effective control of our government, the focus of nearly all corporations has narrowed to maximizing profits to the exclusion of all other considerations.
The corporate agenda is designed to help corporations take as much as they can from governments (and society) and give as little as possible in return.
The "pro-active" part of the corporate agenda is what corporate interests want from government:
The flip side of the Corporate Agenda is what corporate interests do not want governments to do:
Gaining and retaining control of governments is the key to implementing the corporate agenda. Since no item in the corporate agenda has the support of a majority of the people, the promoters of corporate interests know that they cannot succeed within a true democracy. The CEOs of multi-national corporations and the army of lobbyists they employ are among the most dangerous and most effective of the false friends and true enemies of democracy.
With the people not being given the opportunity to vote directly on issues and not truly represented in Congress or state legislatures, we are left to rely on polling to determine the "will of the people". Polling is not an exact science, but polls have consistently shown support for some key proposals ranging from 60 percent to 90 percent. With support at those levels in poll after poll, there can be little doubt that the legislation in question has the support of at least a solid majority of the citizenry.
To mention just a few issues of concern to most American that have gone unaddressed by Congress: A public option for health insurance consistently polls at about 67 percent. A federal job guarantee has majority support in every state in the Union, ranging from 57 percent to over 80 percent and averaging over 70 percent. Two-thirds of Americans now understand the global warming is a serious, perhaps even existential threat, and support the legislation needed to respond appropriately to that threat. (Which would create millions of well-paid jobs.)
There is solid support for increasing the minimum wage; for additional funding for Social Security; for keeping Medicare and Medicaid fully funded and for expanding Medicaid; for regulation that protect consumers, workers, and the environment; and for making corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
The stakes in the contest between the corporate agenda and the will of the people are highest with regard to the climate crisis. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Naomi Klein offered a succinct summary of the situation we find ourselves in at present:
"The real reason we are failing to rise to the climate moment is because the actions required directly challenge our reigning economic paradigm (deregulated capitalism combined with public austerity). They also spell extinction for the richest and most powerful industry the world has ever known – the oil and gas industry, which cannot survive in anything like its current form."
Noam Chomsky put the struggle in terms that relate directly to the need to make America a perfect democracy: