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Old February 5th, 2013 (10:06 AM).
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Originally Posted by Shiny Celebi View Post
I never understood corporate personhood. Why are they labeled that in the first place. In my opinion corporations have too much power and influence the govenment/elections too much.
Corporations fought to get themselves recognized as legal persons so they would get all the benefits of being real people, like the protection to speak freely. But of course they, being a corporation, can speak so much more freely (as in with more money) that it drowns out real people's voices and not being actual individuals they are much harder to punish when they break the law. Can't put a corporation in jail, only individuals serving in a corporation, and they can be replaced and/or their misdeeds covered up and obfuscated. Basically, someone a while back realized that a corporation could gain more power by being a person on paper with none of the drawbacks of being a real person.

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