Webster’s dictionary defines the word “pathological to mean: a person with behaviors that are, amoral, asocial, perverse and/or lack of sound judgment. A corporation is defined as a legal entity separate from the persons that form it. Its primary function is to generate capital with no liability risks to the investors. In effect a corporation has no conscience or ethical codes to follow, as does a person, although they often claim the same priveleges as a person when it suites their agenda. That agenda is to make money even if in the process it acts pathologically without concern for the well being of the citizenry. A hundred years ago Teddy Roosevelt was concerned that corporations were acting without conscience and he passed legislation to set limits on their political contributions. During WWII U.S. corporations pathologically assisted the Nazi war machine even as we fought them. Union Carbide knowingly infected 500,000 people in Bhopal India and 2500 died from the unregulated production of pesticides. Enron was caught manipulating energy rates in California by strategically closing power plants all the while manipulating their books to impress Wall Street and garner huge stock payouts to their managers. A recent study found that three varieties of genetically modified corn were related to organ damage in rats, but Monsanto is continuing their efforts to monopolize agricultural seed production with a risky product. Exxon Mobil, to this day, is fighting to diminish compensation for spilling 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into the Alaskan sea polluting 1,300 square miles of pristine water and shoreline. The recent meltdown of our financial sector which will set our country back financially for at least a decade is due mostly to the lack of sound judgment of banks and brokers and regrettably demonstrates that our economy is only as resilient as the vicissitudes of the likes of AIG and Goldman Sachs allow. The examples of pathological corporate behavior are vast yet usually they don’t cause extensive harm until a corporation reaches a critical size that allows them to influence our laws. Now corporations can outbid the public for political favors due to the recent, regrettable, decision by the Supreme Court to allow corporations to make unlimited contributions to congressional candidates and the president. Once corporations own our government completely they will behave like pathological fascist monsters telling us what to buy, eat, drink, read, write, and think while marching our youth off to fight wars to protect their “strategic interests”. Sound familiar? Under this new ruling, if allowed to stand, our fragile democracy will be dead by the next election!