18 Dec '11, 8pm

If Corporations Were Biological People We'd Lock Them Up For Endangering The Public #longreads

Out at the Occupy Wall Street rallies in New York I've seen a number of signs urging the end of corporate personhood, pointing out that corporations aren't really people--even though under United States law they are in fact legal persons. It's a popular meme, and one with which I certainly sympathize. After all, revoking corporate personhood would be a large step towards ending the stinkingly corrupt political and financial system the US has gotten itself into, as well helping end rampant environmental degradation. But for the moment let's consider a quick thought exercise: If corporations were biological "people", instead of just legal people, how would we other biological people treat them?Psychopathic is the first word that pops to mind -- certainly deeply anti-social, and way beyond what the UK calls an ASBO offense . Corporate behavior isn't just drunk and disorderly,...

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