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.
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
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?
- What are the arguments for and against corporate personhood? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Abolishing corporate personhood: still stupid (truthonthemarket.com)
- Brad Reid: Disregarding Corporate Personhood Imposes Personal Liability (huffingtonpost.com)
- Corporate “Personhood” to be Tested in MF Global Bankruptcy Case (prweb.com)