[FoRK] The Corporation...

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Fri Aug 6 19:47:54 PDT 2004

Just because a corporation has rights as a "person" in some countries
doesn't make anthropomorphizing valid.

If any of those pathological characteristics describe a corporation,
they do so because of the actions of humans.

Are some corporations bad? Sure - but that's only because some people

The film might argue that corporations, by their very nature, encourage
bad behaviour from people but even if that's true (and I think it's a
ridiculous generalization), at the end of the day the actions of the
corporation are the results of decisions made by *people*.


On Fri, 6 Aug 2004 15:43:58 -0700, "Ian Andrew Bell" <fork at ianbell.com>
> The United States' 14th Amendment was designed after the civil war, in 
> which 600,000 people were killed, to deliver black people from slavery. 
>   Shortly thereafter, corporate lawyers went to the Supreme Court of the 
> U.S. to advocate that corporations were deserving of all of the same 
> legal rights as a person.  From 1890-1910 there were 307 cases brought 
> to the Supreme Court under the 14th amendment.  19 of these were blacks 
> or former slaves.  288 were corporations asserting their rights to 
> life, liberty, and property.
> So if a corporation is a person, how would they be as your neighbour?
> Personality Diagnostic Checklist, World Health Organization ICD-10, 
> Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV.
> 	1. A callous unconcern for the feelings of others
> 	2. An incapacity to maintain enduring relationships
> 	3. Reckless disregard for the safety of others
> 	4. Deceitfulness
> 	5.  Repeated lying and conning others for profit
> 	6.  An incapacity to experience guilt
> 	7.  Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behavior
> Conclusions:  PSYCHOPATH.
  James Tauber               http://jtauber.com/
  journeyman of some    http://jtauber.com/blog/

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