If corporations are people and have their rights, then they should not be enslaved, owned and traded as well, no?
Many things were already said about how Internet makes distribution faster and cheaper and how this is putting under the question rationale for intellectual property rights. But Internet through facilitation of crowdfunding is changing also the money flow around the production itself, changing the nature of the investment which arguably has to have a protection of exclusivity to return on the investment. Crowdfunding is changing this because it allows creators to skip the investment-return cycle and directly fund the creation from its users. As such, intellectual property rights are obsolete.
Why you can give a compliment to a girl that she is smart and that her logic if perfect, but not that she is sexy and that her buttocks are well shaped? Aren’t both something we more or less get born with and then through more or less work shape in the direction we want or don’t shape and just leave it be? Isn’t both something to appreciate and cheer and compliment? Isn’t both, what we count as smart and what we count as sexy, something culturally defined and a social construct?
I believe that any government which is involved in the war (or any armed conflict, or in fact any conflict where human rights are violated, or, maybe, even any act where human rights are violated) has failed its people and all other people from all around the world. The government is doing something wrong and should be helped to find a way to stop the war peacefully or be replaced with one which can do that. How can people make this change happen is often not obvious, but definitely it must not be done violently, because this would defeat the main idea behind.
Yesterday I was following the ASUC Senate (student body) discussion whether UC Berkeley should divest $14 million from companies affiliated with Israel’s military in opposition to human rights abuses happening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was an interesting experience to listen and I believe UC Berkeley has really some great future politicians. But it still made me sad because we all lost once again. We would lost no matter how the decision would be made. I will explain you why.
Why it is not allowed to question democracy? Why this became a taboo? An idea you do not question? A human artifact you do not want to improve? We wage wars in the name of the democracy. It is a stop word for any discussion: “This is not democratic.” Yes? Maybe? It is good to recognize this, but not to stop discussion because of that.
How many of you can count how many times democracy went wrong? How many of you can count how many times a dictatorship turned good? Do you even know about benevolent dictators from our past? Do you believe that there have been none? Or you just have not learned about them? I agree that we have come far in our search for a good system to govern ourselves, but we must not stop our search here. We should be able to look in all directions for clues to guide us to the system which would really have people at its core. Not just in the name.