The Willingness to do Four Things: The Subversive and Transformative Clash Between Juristic Persons and the Democratic Human

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The current operating environment for flesh-and-blood humans and legal persons, corporations, was formed out of parallel, and sometimes competing, social and legal movements. For the legal persons and for the corporate form, a similar struggle took place; as Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, 118 U.S. 394 (1886) reflected a trend embraced in not only England and the USA, but also in Germany, France, and Spain, corporations extended George F. Deiser's persona ficta further and further, until our current moment manifest: one in which the direction of civilization is denoted by the divergence in interests between persons of the flesh and juristic persons. This divergence will be the central fulcrum upon which the future of democratic, industrial nation-spaces, in idea and practice, will swing. If democracy is effectively defined as encompassed of those systems reflective of the interests, hopes concerns, expectations and aspirations of the vast majority of citizens the vast majority of the time, while in every instance keeping track of the worth of the most vulnerable...scan that definition include juristic persons? Ought it? What are the ramifications for the humans of a commitment to do so? The Willingness to do Four Things, as a presentation, will argue that the next struggle in the democratic story will be to wrest the very possibility of the democratic co-habitative space back from notions that allow it to be fully corporatized into conceptions of it that demand its fundamental humanity. As democracies today often are knowledge-building, technologically engaged social systems, reflecting the very possibility of sustainable culture in ways that embrace the human, how does this theorized, asserted truth - that everything worth anything at all in a democratic life emerges from the Willingness to do Four Things - play out in ideas surrounding technology and knowledge, even when such submissions are utterly absent?

Keywords: Knowledge, Technology, Corporation, Human, Industry, Capital, Democracy, Courthouse, Jail, Hospital, Morgue, History, Sociology, Futurism, Power, Critical, Conflict, Theory, Education, Training, Sustainability
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Prof. Mel Brennan

Visiting Professor, Department of Kinesiology
College of Health Professions, Towson University

Towson, Maryland, USA

Mel Brennan is currently both the Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University (MD, USA) and Executive Center Director for Baltimore's Y of Central Maryland. His doctoral work took place at the University of Stirling (SCOTLAND, UK), with a focus on Sport and Human Rights. He is co-author, with Prof. Grant Jarvie and Dr. Tony Hwang, of SPORT, REVOLUTION AND THE BEIJING OLYMPICS, from Berg (2007). He is also author of THE APPRENTICE: TRAGICOMIC TIMES AMONG THE MEN RUNNING - AND RUINING - WORLD FOOTBALL. He has been interviewed by both the German and British television concerning global sport governance, and has written several articles addressing the role of sport in democratic societies. He is currently crafting a series of publications relating to the exploration of the struggle between the contrived, juristic person and the flesh-and-blood person. Prior to this academic work, Mel worked in the highests levels of sport and location-based entertainment, with organizations such as FIFA/CONCACAF, the Walt Disney Company, SEGA/Universal Studios/DreamWorks SKG, and others. He has ten years of experience in these areas, accomapnying a decade of concomitant experience in the area of human services. A lifelong martial artist and student of philosophies of the body, mind and spirit, he has been a practitioner of goju-ryu and togakure-ryu ninpo since 1972. He lives with his wife, Laurel, and his two children, Jain and MG, in Carroll County, Maryland, USA.

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