Corporations: Individual Profit Wthout Individual Responsibility

1478 WordsJul 12, 20186 Pages
Corporations, presently, are legal citizens in the United States. This legal citizenship guarantees all Corporations many of the legal rights that natural born citizens can enjoy with limited consequences for their actions. Presently since the law sees Corporations as “artificial citizens” many of the punishments for crimes committed by a Corporation are essentially null and void since these entities cannot cordially be punished for committing a crime as a physically living human can. Firstly before delving into the complex interwoven legalities of Corporations it is imperative to know what a Corporation is and what separates it from another form of business i.e. a partnership, trust or a hybrid of both. The main difference between a…show more content…
Many people are fully supportive of these Corporations right to artificial citizenship. It is, in their defense, essential to the survival of the Corporation to have the ability to possess property, enter contracts, etc. without these guaranteed rights the U.S. Government could take any Corporations property without compensation, suppress any Corporations rights to a fair trial, and raid any Corporations warehouses for insignificant reasons. All of these injustices would be possible due to the Corporation not being considered a partnership or another form of business and not being owned by a single entity. Ultimately, these rights are seen as necessary and without these rights a Corporation could not exist in society; and as an extension this is why the majority of people see the need for these businesses to possess individual rights. The only contradiction to this viewpoint is that while corporations are legally seen as humans with human rights they are still treated/punished as real living humans. There are few laws regarding the direct punishment of Corporations for committing a crime and as such few disciplinary actions actually affect Corporations as a whole single entity. Josh Clark puts this simply in his statement that says “The laws that govern people take our hum­an weaknesses into account. For example, our prison system is designed to incarcerate the human body. You can't imprison a corporation, though. So granting human

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