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  Talk:Corporate personhood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is not a new phenomenon, corporate personhood is as old as the Middle Ages, and exceptional treatment is as old as the English Statute of Mortmain (1279).
Therefore corporations have always had some limited amount of "personhood" which was necessary in order for corporations to conduct business while shielding stockholders from financial risk to personal assets which were not invested in the corporation.
Many people involved in corporations are good honest people outside of the capacity of trying to prevent corporate responsiblity for pollution, workers trying to retain a fair share of the wealth they are mostly responsible for creating for the corporation, or citizens in another country trying to maintain their sovereignty over guest corporations.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Corporate_personhood   (4951 words)

 S/R 35: Abolish Corporate Personhood (Jan Edwards and Molly Morgan)
Not only is corporate personhood a key component of corporate power, it is one of the greatest threats to democracy that we have ever known.
Because corporations are a creation of the government, chartered by the state legislatures, they still fell on the government side of the constitutional line with duties accountable to the people.
As long as superhuman “corporate persons” have rights under the law, the vast majority of people have little or no effective voice in our political arena, which is why we see abolishing corporate personhood as so important to ending corporate rule and building a more democratic society.
www.greens.org /s-r/35/35-19.html   (3184 words)

 America's Debate -> Corporate Personhood
Corporate personhood is necessary so that corporations do not impose liability upon the shareholders/owners of the company.
A corporate entity whether public or private is sort of the cultural equivalent of a state of nature.
I think LIMITED corporate personhood is a good thing- to encourage investment- but on the other hand, some reform is definately needed in the corporate officer department- I think they should absolutely be held directly fiscally and criminally responsible for the decisions they make.
www.americasdebate.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=6155   (5042 words)

 Sing, Dance, Rejoice—Corporate Personhood Is Doomed
What is “corporate personhood?” Suppose, to keep Wal-Mart at bay, your county commissioners enact an ordinance prohibiting Wal-Mart from doing business in your county.
As the 19th century wore on American corporations entered lawsuit after lawsuit to achieve a strategic objective: corporate personhood.
That would be grossly irregular, and it would place corporate personhood in stupendous legal jeopardy if it ever came to light.
www.commondreams.org /views02/1226-04.htm   (1168 words)

 Citizen Works - Why corporate personhood matters and what it means
Corporations can live forever and live in many nations at once and cut off parts of themselves and this is the entity they have given legal rights and personhood to.
CW: Corporate reform is a mainstream political issue these days, but there are a growing number of people who think we have to go deeper and look at some of the fundamental reasons behind why corporations got so powerful.
One of the things we’ve done is to design a basic flyer that explains corporate personhood in the simplest ways, so people can start to understand what that is, and people can start to talk about it, on the street, on the train, with their family.
www.citizenworks.org /issues/latest_news/morgan.php   (639 words)

 The Law Says Corporations are Persons...
Corporate personhood and shareholder immunity are examples of legal doctrines "that have provided more protection of the corporation than from the corporation" (Martin, 1987, p.
Corporations were individuals, too, with the implication that they could and should be treated the same as human individuals rather than in a separate category.
Analysis of fictions such as corporate personhood and of rules such as limited liability is useful not just to identify faults in abstract reasoning and to tease out judges' political and socioeconomic biases.
www.dennisfox.net /papers/corps-article.html   (9268 words)

 Corporate Personhood-Demeaning Our Bill of Rights - Reclaim Democracy.org
But corporate lawyers (acting as both attorneys and judges) subverted our Bill of Rights in the late 1800's by establishing the doctrine of "corporate personhood" -- the claim that corporations were intended to fully enjoy the legal status and protections created for human beings.
Abolish Corporate Personhood by Molly Morgan and Jan Edwards.
Nike was one of the highest profile court cases to date regarding "corporate free speech." The case concluded with a settlement on September 12, 2003.
reclaimdemocracy.org /personhood   (1177 words)

 Eliminate Corporate Personhood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Laws that are common features of state corporation codes include a corporation earning $300 million manufacturing carcinogenic herbicide, and also earning $470 million on the cancer drug tamoxifen, and at the same time, operating several cancer treatment facilities.
As a person, if a corporation invests its future in the manufacture of a harmful product and that product is removed from the market by legislation, the corporation can sue the people for lost profits.
A corporation was an artificial creation set up to serve a public need, not an independent entity with intrinsic "rights".
www.northland.cc.az.us /p221Cha2/_disc2/00000eab.htm   (345 words)

 Talk:Corporate personhood - Metaweb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
I was simply looking for a place to comment on the article page on "Corporate personhood." If the Metaweb is intended to be a source of information and explanations of concepts, it seems the entry on "corporate personhood" is going a bit beyond that into soapbox posturing.
Proof that corporate legal personhood does not derive from the same ideals as legal personhood for humans or for that matter Great Apes is evident for all to see, and this margin is too small to contain any "proof", since sociopaths don't acknowledge empathy regardless of symbols.
For all intents and purposes that is the corporation speaking.
www.metaweb.com /wiki/wiki.phtml?title=Talk:Corporate_personhood   (2861 words)

 Corporate Swine :: Corporate Personhood in Berkeley CA
Although corporate personhood is a foggy, if not completely unknown, concept for most US citizens, Berkeley's move is the latest victory for a nascent, national movement determined to bring this issue into the public spotlight.
"Corporations are granted similar rights to you and me," Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said of the legal inequality between "real" individuals and corporate persons, "but they do not have the same responsibilities.
It took about a century of lawsuits for corporations to win all the "rights" accorded to individuals, (it wasn't until 1978 that the Supreme Court decided to protect corporate commercial and political spending as "free speech), but, for corporations, unlike the individuals challenging them, these legal battles are a tax-deductible expense.
www.corporateswine.net /corporatepersonhood.html   (1040 words)

 Sustainable Communities   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The agribusiness corporations that make large donations to political parties pushed SB 1413 through the Pennsylvania Senate by an astonishing vote of 48-2 despite strong opposition by Pennsylvania citizens and Township governments.
The specific purpose of this Ordinance is to eliminate the purported constitutional rights of corporations in order to remedy the harms that corporations cause to the people of Haines Township by exercise of such rights.
Corporations shall not be considered to be "persons" protected by the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania within the Second Class Township of Haines, Centre County, Pennsylvania.
www.celdf.org /scm/ord/ord12.asp   (787 words)

 POCLAD - Model brief on Corporate Personhood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Corporations thus lack the authority to deny people's inalienable rights, including their right to a republican form of government, and public officials lack the authority to empower corporations to deny those rights.
Thus, corporations, by virtue of their judicially conferred "personhood," wield the Civil Rights Act in unison with the Due Process and Equal Protection provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment to overturn laws and punish elected officials with the payment of attorneys' fees incurred by the corporations.
As the Omnipoint Corporation did with the Fourteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act, corporations have used the courts to attack laws by wielding the authority of the Commerce and Contracts Clauses.
www.poclad.org /ModelLegalBrief.cfm   (11888 words)

 Americans Revolt in Pennsylvania - New Battle Lines Are Drawn
Now corporations have claimed that they have the free speech right to influence public opinion and legislation through deceit, and a case based on a multinational corporation asserting this right is poised to go before the Supreme Court as you read these words.
Since then, however, corporations have claimed that EPA and OSHA surprise inspections are violations of their human right of privacy, while at the same time asserting their right to perform surprise inspections of their own employees' bodily fluids, phone conversations, and keystrokes.
Since then, corporations have claimed this human right and used it to stop local communities from passing laws to protect their small, local businesses and keep out predatory retailers or large corporations convicted of crimes elsewhere.
www.commondreams.org /views02/1219-06.htm   (1411 words)

 Corporate Personhood
Corporate Personhood is the legal fiction that Property is a Person." - from this excellent timeline - http://www.ratical.org/corporations/ToPRaP.html (originally from http://www.wilpf.org/ but they don't seem to have it now)
In the late 1800s, corporations were granted personhood in the UnitedStates (by a dubious Supreme Court procedure, and based on the 14th Amendment intended to free the slaves!).
Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
www.ourpla.net /cgi/pikie?CorporatePersonhood   (619 words)

 Arcata Eye Newspaper : Opinions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In fact, this corporate personhood resolution is not enforceable; it is a statement of belief by the council, and not a law.
While the councilmembers unanimously agreed that the excessive influence of big corporations needed to be addressed, they also voted to hold a series of town hall meetings to address concerns which opponents expressed and to discuss how best to draft ordinance(s) on corporate personhood for the City.
We also know there are many more issues around "corporate personhood" which concern the citizens of Arcata that we have not heard yet, and the CDC invites the widest spectrum of possible proposals for new ordinances.
www.arcataeye.com /opinion04/040628opinion02.shtml   (1008 words)

 Corporate Personhood
Examples of corporations manipulating the rights intended for living people.
White Papers on the effect of Corporate Personhood on other Issues.
What other organizations are doing about Corporate Personhood.
firstuucolumbus.org /corppers/cp.html   (122 words)

 links about corporate personhood
Corporations are Not Persons by Ralph Nader and Carl J. Mayer
Reclaim Democracy.org is working for an end to corporate personhood and a return to democratic principles in the USA.
Corporate personhood ordinances and constitutional amendments copyright CELDF
www.thomhartmann.com /personhoodlinks.shtml   (264 words)

 portland imc - 2002.12.29 - Sing, Dance, Rejoice—Corporate Personhood Is Doomed
Thom Hartmann's "Unequal Protection: the Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights" may prove to be the most significant book in the history of corporate personhood, a doctrine which dates to 1886.
Hartmann read this statement: "The defendant Corporations are persons within the intent of the clause in section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment...
Removing 1st Amendment protections from corporations is probably the most critical first step to reigning in the corporate capitalist monster that's upon us.
portland.indymedia.org /en/2002/12/39463.shtml   (2258 words)

 Project Censored Media Democracy in Action
It was the clerk’s opinion and misrepresentation of the case in the headnote upon which current claims of corporate personhood and free speech entitlements now rests.
In 1978, however, the Supreme Court further entrenched the idea of corporate personhood by deciding that corporations were entitled to the free speech right to give money to political causes – linking free speech with financial clout.
We live in an age in which corporations have been enthroned and corruption in high places has enabled power and wealth to be aggregated into an increasingly smaller number of hands.
www.projectcensored.org /publications/2004/13.html   (998 words)

 WILPF - Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People's Rights - The Leader in Challenging Corporate Personhood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This organizing packet is designed to help you join with others to Abolish Corporate Personhood.
The leadership team of WILPF’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights will serve as a clearinghouse for activities and a resource for further actions.
What Could Change If Corporate Personhood Were Abolished
www.corporatepersonhood.com   (362 words)

 Big Medicine: Corporate Personhood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
As "persons" corporations no longer have to pretend they are the obedient subject entities of the sovereign people who created them.
Campaign finance reform is one tortuous path to regaining popular control, but revoking corporations' personhood and their First Amendment "rights" is a much surer way to evict these anti-democratic bodies from our politics and halls of governance for once and for all.
They were not about to grant corporations any political role whatever in their new republic, let alone the same rights and privileges as their fellow citizens.
www.nancho.net /corperson   (635 words)

 Blogcritics.org: End Corporate Personhood
Forget about this evil Enron or that evil Nike or this evil Exxon, and focus on the evil corporation overall (they are all criminals).
Be sure to read Christianity, Capitalism, Corporations, and the Myth of Dominion which traces the origins of the evil corporatocracy to the Christian church:
This passage and others in the Bible have established a mindset that is now so ingrained in the being the modern democratic capitalist, that it seems a function of heredity.
blogcritics.org /archives/2004/06/23/170819.php   (1269 words)

 Against Corporate Personhood Meetup Groups - Meetup.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
We're sorry, because no one was willing to organize the group, the Meetup Group you're looking for has been closed.
There aren't any Against Corporate Personhood Meetups yet.
Meet other locals who are Against Corporate Personhood.
personhood.meetup.com /14   (92 words)

 KQED | Forum: Corporate Personhood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Under U.S. law, corporations enjoy the same constitutional rights and protections as individual people.
Forum looks at the politics and history of "corporate personhood."
Richard Grossman, co-founder of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy
www.kqed.org /epArchive/R301310900   (97 words)

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