Panel topic: How corporations became ‘persons’

2012-09-14T07:45:00Z Panel topic: How corporations became ‘persons’ Corvallis Gazette Times
September 14, 2012 7:45 am

Three panelists will discuss the history of corporations and their relationship to the Constitution from early American history through the present day during an event on Monday, Sept. 17, at Oregon State University.

The free, public event will begin at noon in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

The three OSU panelists are Ben Mutschler, the director of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion at OSU; Joseph Orosco, associate professor of philosophy and head of the Peace Studies program; and Dan Lykins, the executive director for teaching and learning in the College of Business. They will discuss “The Personhood of Corporations” and how corporations became equivalent with people in the contemporary Supreme Court.

Sept. 17 is Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

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  1. curious one
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    curious one - September 14, 2012 12:27 pm
    No JULES, you're wrong, what has happened is that the corporation, not the people in it have been given rights over and above the people both in and out of the corporation.

    Here's how: The SC allowed corporations to slip money into 501.c3s and cover who they are (like the groups that handle it for all oil companies or drug companies). These groups don't have to divulge who gave the money, and they go out and use it for politics. (the people in the individual corporations have no say)

    Now, the people IN a corporations, who you refer to, aren't allowed to do that! They can give through PACs, but one can find out who is giving it.

    Essentially this "corporations are people" idea means that corporations can take money, maybe from not paying their PEOPLE a fair wage, like Wallmart, and plop it into one of these groups and have it used for political purposes. Many of these corporations are foreign as well, so China say, can influence who we elect, or the legislation on the floor of Congress.

    This doesn't just go back to the Santa Clara case where it was not decided that way, but noted that way in error. Corporations have been pushing for this and it has nothing to do with the people's right of free speech!
  2. TheRealJules
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    TheRealJules - September 14, 2012 10:27 am
    Corporations aren't equivalent to people, and SCOTUS didn't say that.

    The people who make up a corporation have the right to free speech. Simple concept. It's another example of an awful side effect of someone who wants to have their rights must accept that other people have them, too. Even people they don't like.
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