Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On Corporate "Personhood"

"Corporations don't have rights, people do." Or so the Democrats would have us believe. Ilya Somin explains the foolishness of this claim.
Much of the criticism of Citizens United stems from the claim that the Constitution does not protect corporations because they are not “real” people. While it’s true that corporations aren’t human beings, that truism is constitutionally irrelevant because corporations are formed by individuals as a means of exercising their constitutionally protected rights. When individuals pool their resources and speak under the legal fiction of a corporation, they do not lose their rights. It cannot be any other way; in a world where corporations are not entitled to constitutional protections, the police would be free to storm office buildings and seize computers or documents. The mayor of New York City could exercise eminent domain over Rockefeller Center by fiat and without compensation if he decides he’d like to move his office there. Moreover, the government would be able to censor all corporate speech, including that of so-called media corporations.

A recent seminar caller to Limbaugh's show tried to advance the idea and when Rush insisted that corporations are people, feigned hysterical laughter. I think we can shut the Democrats up easily enough on this, though. Just tell them that if corporations aren't people, they can't pay taxes.

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