[FoRK] The Corporation...
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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