Actually, the progressives I know put human rights above almost everything else.
Sure — — as long as you agree with what their definition of “human rights” is. And that definition doesn’t include economic rights.
There is no social justice without economic freedom. That’s where it all starts.
ALL humans’ rights, but they also do not believe that corporations are people.
Nobody believes that corporations are people, per se, and the quotes that are out there to the contrary are from people who intentionally simplified the matter for the masses. But the fact that corporations are comprised of people who don’t check their rights when they become employed or a shareholder, has been part of US Law since 1818. I have always been shocked — — SHOCKED — at the number of people who think that the concept of corporate personhood started with Citizens United. That reveals an ignorance of the history of the concept which is…..rather stunning.
Corporate personhood - Wikipedia
Corporate personhood is the legal notion that a corporation, separately from its associated human beings (like owners…
In 1818, the United States Supreme Court decided Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward — 17 U.S. 518 (1819), writing: “The opinion of the Court, after mature deliberation, is that this corporate charter is a contract, the obligation of which cannot be impaired without violating the Constitution of the United States. This opinion appears to us to be equally supported by reason, and by the former decisions of this Court.”
Beginning with this opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court has continuously recognized corporations as having the same rights as natural persons to contract and to enforce contracts.
Court decisions then expanded upon that over the years. You literally cannot get rid of corporate personhood from US law without revolution and starting over again.
As far as Trump not giving up power by deregulation, his power base depends on the easing of restrictions since he is a self-acknowledged businessman and to him, money is power.
This is a lot more complicated than you make it out to be. Large corporations prefer a strong regulatory environment because it locks out smaller competitions and prevents them from having to respond with innovation. It’s smaller business that benefits most from lightening the regulatory load and lowering corporate tax rates, not the larger businesses. As a large but essentially sole proprietor, Trump’s core business is an amalgam of large and small business interests.
But, the point remains: Historically, fascists don’t give up power. Deregulation is giving up power. Trump can be called a lot of nasty names which are accurate. Fascist isn’t accurate.