While many Canadians are applauding boycotts by companies like Apple, and artists like Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams, Sauter says it sets a dangerous precedent. She wants everyone to remember that corporations aren’t people, they don’t get a vote, and therefore should not be applauded for attempting to change the law — even if it’s a law you want changed. She explained her arguments to The 180’s Jim Brown.
What’s wrong with corporate boycotts, like the ones we’re seeing in North Carolina right now? **
The problem with corporate boycotts of states that have bigoted or unjust laws, is that they’re fundamentally undemocratic. When you have a corporation that has a great deal of economic power, and it uses that power to intervene directly in the legislative process, it is stepping outside the bounds of what we believe democracy is, which is: that in a democratic society, the basic unit of power is the citizen, and the citizen’s vote.
But if corporations, which don’t have votes, which at least in many interpretations of democracy shouldn’t have speech rights, when those entities are able to exert power over a democratically elected legislature in order to change laws, then that means we’ve now stepped outside the democratic process and are instead dealing with a much more fundamentally oligarchical and neo-liberal system.
Let’s face it: we’re ruled by the Corporations too.