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Corporate Personhood?

The post about advertising being Constitutionally protected free speech made me wonder. Do you think corporations should have all the same rights and freedoms as individuals?



http://reclaimdemocracy.org/personhood/

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Friday

Asked by Friday at 11:48 AM on Mar. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • No, I don't.
    Raintree

    Answer by Raintree at 11:58 AM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Why not, a corporation is simply an entity OWNED by a group of people. Why should the Mom & Pop business have the rights and the company owned by 5000 people not? Sometimes corporations are owned by a handful of people. Don't those people deserve the freedoms too?
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:08 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Why? Each of those individuals at those companies already has their own rights. Those people already have their freedoms. Why should the corporate entity who will obviously have more money and ability to influence than any one or even group of individuals, have additional rights?


    So, going by that logic unions should be allowed personhood as well, right?

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 12:13 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Why should the corporate entity who will obviously have more money and ability to influence than any one or even group of individuals, have additional rights?


    What she said!

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:26 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  •  Why should the corporate entity who will obviously have more money and ability to influence than any one or even group of individuals, have additional rights?


    Additional rights? What Additional rights are they asking for? Isn't the SAME rights? Why is about WHO has more money?  That is on the verge of being class warfare. Corp are an entity of the US and deserve Freedom of Speech, etc... So where do you draw the line? Nat'l Enquirer for example? They are a tabloid. Do they not deserve the same rights as the Wall Street journal? How does Tylenol get rights but Viagra doesn't? How do you willing give some corporate entities rights, while restricting others? So, you are taking AWAY rights of one group while protecting the rights of another?  Is that what this country was founded on?

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:35 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • **willingly** (was more concerned about not going over my "940" than proofreading...) sorry
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:36 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • No grlygrlz, I don't think it is the same rights. Each individual person involved in that corporation has their rights, why should the combined whole get rights as a group, in addition to the rights each individual already has? Corporations are not a person.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 12:45 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Well, lets start with the definition of corporation. Perhaps then some of you nitwits will understand why they should have the same rights.

    cor·po·ra·tion
    Pronunciation: \ˌkȯr-pə-ˈrā-shən\
    Function: noun
    Date: 15th century
    1 a: a group of merchants or traders united in a trade guild b: the municipal authorities of a town or city
    2: a body formed and authorized by law to act as a single person although constituted by one or more persons and legally endowed with various rights and duties including the capacity of succession
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:55 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Wow, didn't take long to resort to name calling. I know what a corporation is, thanks.


    Every person in that corporation already has those rights. Why does the group deserve additional rights?


     

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 1:00 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • If they deserve the same rights shouldn't they have the same responsibilities? Like, oh I don't know paying taxes?

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 1:01 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

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