Why The Law Thinks Corporations Should Be People (and what we can do about it)

Corporations have been much in the news lately, along with discussions of corporate personhood (especially since the Citizens United decision). I thought I would collect some links & history of interest, for those interested in the topic. And be sure and check out the related articles at the bottom of the post — those are ones I chose from an automatic selection, but some of them look very interesting and relevant.

The History of Corporations (Wikipedia)

If you read only one link here, read this one: The Genesis of the Idea of Corporate Personhood — Thank Lewis Powell (Alternet)

What To Do

Resolution Calling to Amend the Constitution Banning Corporate Personhood Introduced in Vermont (Alternet)

Credo Action Petition: Tell Congress Only People Are People (perhaps a bit radical for my tastes)

Join the 99%: Confront Corporate Power (can’t vouch at all for what this link is about, but it looks interesting)

And what do I think?

What are my personal views on corporations and the legal concept of corporate personhood? I think that corporations are an excellent invention to remove liability from individual investors and encourage investment. That said, I think one can definitely have too much of a good thing, and corporations being permitted free speech that trumps public interest is definitely too much.

What do you think?

Tell me in the comments — what are your thoughts on corporate personhood? Are you signing any of those petitions above? What do you think of free speech for corporations?

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