A post at Reason.com debated the ‘freedom of speech’ for corporations. My response:
It is bizarre to claim that abstractions have human rights.
Humans have human rights.
Corporations exist to deflect responsibility, mostly financial and at times physical.
As a ghost totally created out of law, they are wholly beholden to their God-creator; the government. It is no surprise that government, as God manifest, would grant its creation equality as if it was a real person. Evil begets evil.
As the quoted article says “So corporations have to have some constitutional rights or nobody would form them in the first place.”
Their existence is contrived and purposeful to enable those who act to be relieved from the responsibility of potential negative consequences of those actions.
These people get to enjoy all the positive consequences – the gains – but face little or minor of the negative consequences – that is, little or no personal loss.
With no surprise, corporations take on risks that would be inappropriate if such risk was taken by real people. As such, corporations will tend to act imprudently, immorally, and leave in their wake real people having to absorb and suffer higher losses.
To suggest such an evil ghost can also claim real human rights, besides being utterly bizarre, is a complete and total insult to real human beings.