I Like This Idea


As a matter of fact, this is one of those ideas that I never could understand.  How can a corporation have the same rights as a person?

This decision is not nearly as well known as Plessy v. Ferguson but it is just as bad.

Now the Green Party is calling for an end to “corporate personhood:

In addition, in August the U.S. Green Party endorsed “stripping [corporations] of artificial ‘personhood’ and constitutional protections,” along with “revoking the charters of corporations that routinely violate safety, health, environmental protection or other laws.” 

In contrast, neither the Democratic nor the Republican parties support ending corporate personhood, or revoking the corporate charters of lawless corporations. 

“Democrats and Republicans together have installed the judges who have brought corporate rule to America,” said Gary Ruskin, co-founder of Green Change, a national political organization.  “If you want to fix the economy, clean up corruption in Washington, and save the environment, then vote Green to abolish corporate personhood.” 

The U.S. Supreme Court established the doctrine of corporate personhood in 1886 (Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Co.)  But during the last 35 years, the Court has bestowed especially potent Bill of Rights protections to corporations, including the right to make unlimited contributions in an election (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti), and the right to speak (Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission).

In one fell swoop, reversing the Santa Clara decision would return U.S. politics to benefit the individual and move us away from a corportacracy.

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