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  •  I'm SO on board with this (0+ / 0-)

    First, let me say that I oppose the death penalty for humans.  Murder by the state is still murder.  

    However I'm going contrarian on this one.  Corporations are not people and don't have the same rights.  Corporate policies certainly kill people.  Toyota killed something like 800 by not fessing up and fixing the sudden speed up issue.  Ford and the famous exploding Pinto is the poster child.  And how about BP to name just three?

    Although I don't believe in the human death penalty I do believe that civilization has the right to protect it'self from certain dangerous individuals, mad-dogs and people alike.  You can safely remove dangerous people from society for the rest of their lives.  However you can't lock up corporations.  There is no MAX for the Toyota's and Fords and BP's of the world.  You can put them out of business but to do that you would have to seize their assets or else they could just reconstitute under a different name.  

    Of course seizing the assets is harsh.  Execution by any means is harsh punishment.  It is the ultimate punishment.  It's supposed to be harsh to deter the temptation to make the calculation that it is cheaper to ignore or buy off the problem than to fix it.  

    What would the average person support if a human serial killer were proved to have killed 800?  

    Death, death I say to corporate mad-dogs.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 11:30:03 PM PDT

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