There’s been a lot of fuss and bother about the American supreme court passing laws that give companies rights akin to real people, and a lot of people see that this is a bad thing.
On the other hand, this transformative process, if done right, might be very good.
Now I know lots of people have talked about the disadvantages of this transformation, but imagine some of the advantages, if you will:
- Cigarette companies could be sent to gaol for manslaughter;
- Banks that charged say, a $40 overdraft fee to “recover costs” could be charged with fraud;
- Power companies that cut off electricity to houses where people have life support equipment could be charged with murder;
- Finance companies that melt down the global economy could be charged with treason in dozens of countries simultaneously;
- Gambling companies could be charged with theft and larceny;
- Mining companies that plunder the natural resources might actually have to pay reasonable levels of tax on their obscenely high profits;
- Churches could be sued for hate speech, vilification and discrimination;
- And the list just goes on and on.
So as long as we do it properly, I’m all for this American notion of making companies like people.