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  •  When you say "corporations are people under the (1+ / 0-)
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    14th Amendment," all that means is that corporations -- which, technically, are made up of people (shareholders) who pool their resources (money) to operate a business) -- have 14th Amendment protection, such as due process rights.

    Two points:  

    1.  Saying "corporations are 'persons' under a specific law" is not the same as saying "corporations are persons."  Many laws use the word "person" and then define it to include groups or associations of persons, like clubs, businesses, unions, etc.  It's a shorthand way of saying that groups or associations of people are covered by the law as well. It's certainly NOT equated a corporation to a person for any purpose OTHER THAN the effect of that specific law.

    2.  Do you have a problem with corporations having some rights under the constitution?  If they didn't have due process rights, then a conservative president like Bush could just order seizure of the assets of an entity they didn't like, such as Planned Parenthood and shut them down completely.  Don't you think that an entity ought to be protected by the Fifth Amendment's guarantee against "seizure" or by the 14th Amendment's guarantee of due process?  

    •  Oooh scary bogeyman. (2+ / 0-)
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      Tonedevil, Old Sailor

      They were adequately protected before there was a 14th amendment.  They were adequately protected before the 14th was misapplied on their behalf.  They don't need to steal the rights of human beings, to the great detriment of the human beings thus deprived, to get there.

      Politics means controlling the balance of economic and institutional power. Everything else is naming post offices.

      by happymisanthropy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 09:06:54 AM PST

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