[FoRK] corporate personhood and the death penalty

damien morton fork at bitfurnace.com
Thu Nov 4 12:08:51 PST 2004


How did corporations come to acquire personhood? Anyone know the history 
of this? Does this mean corporations can vote :)

> Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>
>> I say we keep personhood status but be for a death penalty and other 
>> severe penalties.  MS, for instance, should have had more than a mild 
>> slap.
>
>
> I seem to recall a similar discussion thread on FoRK some time back... 
> if I can find it in the archives I'll be sure to provide a link in a 
> forthcoming email.
>
> In general, I agree, either we should:
> (a) revoke personhood from corporations or
> (b) go all the way and embrace corporal punishment, etc. for misdeeds
>
> I'm largly in favor of (a) because it ultimately entails an end to 
> political lobbying and similar activities (e.g. campaign 
> contributions), as well as personal responsibility for corporate 
> malfeasance. In other words, if the company breaks the law while 
> you're on the watch, then you are personally liable. A strong case 
> could be made for (b), provided that a sufficiently powerful and well 
> funded system was put in place to actually catch and prosecute 
> corporations.
>
>
> Regards,
> Elias
>
>>
>> sdw
>>
>> Elias Sinderson wrote:
>>
>>> Regina Schuman wrote:
>>>
>>>> the next cause whould be removing tax-exempt status from churches, 
>>>> since
>>>> they have put themselves in the lobbying business.
>>>>  
>>>>
>>> or removing personhood status from the corporations, since they have 
>>> shown themselves to be unfit for the priviledge.
>>>
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>> Elias
>>
>>
>>
>
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