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August 31, 2011

Corporations as people

Corporations may be viewed as “people” under the law. But if actual people did many of the things that corporations do, without the aid of lobbyists, public relations spin doctors and high-priced attorneys, we’d all be in jail.

And we don’t get corporate tax breaks or loopholes.

Craig Colbert
Prairie Village

Comments

LawyerInTraining

You forgot about BP going to jail for the rush-job and cost cutting measures that cost 13 men their lives in the Gulf about 1 year go.

Which person went to jail for their deaths?

Mudstump

We have only heard a couple of peeps from a handful of Democrats regarding the Citizen's United Supreme Court decision....nothing has been said by the Republicans who endorse the wrongful decision 100%.

Now that corporations are to be treated as people will we see the CEOs and Board of Directors prosecuted for murder when...say...their newest drug kills people for example?

Will we see the head of Toyota face murder charges when their next vehicle careens out of control from defective gas peddles and kills an innocent family?

How about a CEO facing fraud charges for misleading customers in sleazy loans with hidden interest rate hikes or giving loans to people who they know can't pay them back?

If corporations are people then I want to see some of the people running them treated just like the rest of us.

Jpo

"[Governments] may be viewed as 'people' under the law. But if actual people did many of the things that [governments] do, without the aid of lobbyists, public relations spin doctors (media shills) and high-priced attorneys (judges), we’d all be in jail."

Corporations certainly do plenty of evil things, but they do so only under the cover of the state's protection. If the government wasn't there manipulating the laws in their favor and enforcing those laws, corporations would have to behave or be destroyed by the market. Furthermore, governments are infinitely more anti-social and repressive than corporations. See total war, genocide, medical experiments on humans, economic sanctions, et. al.

John S

Well, there are tax breaks and loopholes for citizens.

With that having been said I believe that all corporations including unions (unions are corporations too) should be banned from participation in politics.

Gary

So true. If individuals issued shares of stock, paid dividends and held board meetings, they would go to jail (for the stock) or the loony bin (for the rest). Or does Craig's anti-corporation rant have something else in mind?

 
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