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Persons and Corporations as Persons

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Listening the Michael Krasny on NPR’s Forum (9/6/11), his guest Prof. White of Stamford made the telling distinction between persons and corporate persons:

The crucial difference between human persons and corporations as persons is that the first are creators of the government and the latter are the creatures of the government.

The problem remains that the exorbitant power of the corporations so far exceeds the power of human beings, who need to constrain them when they are irresponsible and detrimental rather than helpful in relevant human conditions. There are responsible corporations, of course, but Lord Acton’s caveat does not only apply to human persons, but to them as well: “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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Written by peterkrey

September 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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