Taking Your Corporation Along for the Ride

January 7, 2013
By Emma Hadden | 2 comments

So you've heard that "corporations are people too," but can you carpool with them? Most of us would probably say: no. The question may come up soon in California traffic court, though. In a valiant attempt to prove the absurdity of corporations being legally equal to people, Jonathan Friedman, a California man, pulled out his corporation papers when stopped for driving alone in the carpool lane.

He's a pretty interesting guy, and has been trying for years to get caught so he could bring the corporate personhood issue to court in his own way. Here's the video of the NBC News report:

It seems pretty impossible that the court will side with Friedman in this case: obviously, he didn't have anyone else in the car with him. But if a judge sides with the officer who gave the ticket, he or she will, embarrassingly, declare that a corporation is not, in fact, a person, something that goes against a long history of previous court decisions.

Because they are legally considered 'persons,' corporations are taxed, litigated, and regulated like individuals, and can spend money (which they have a whole lot of) wherever and on whomever they like. Because their money somehow qualifies as free speech (what??), big businesses can throw their record profits behind the candidates they want to see elected or the politicians they want to make beholden to them. They drown out the people working for a better country and a better future in favor of their CEOs pocket books.

Though corporate giants may say things like this:

they've got their own agendas. 

Do you think people should get to ride to work in the carpool lane with their corporations? They already get the advantage of mind-blowing profits, why should they get the quickest route through traffic too? Thanks Jonathan Friedman for the whacky and hilarious to stirring of the pot on this issue. With all the protections corporations have, you'd think they would be mentioned somewhere in the Constitution.

Is that how it should be? If carpooling corporations sounds as crazy to you as it does to us, add your voice to the petition and join us in letting government know: Corporations are not people, we are.

Categories: Big Business


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I am unable to play the video; it starts but never gets here. The idea is ingenious, but it may meet the same fate as Congressman and DNC official ( Van Holland?) who tried to run his corporation for office. He lost in court. The legal existence of a corporation as a legal person that can sue and be sued is useful to have in our courts and legal system. Held there by regulations placed on it, the fictional of a corporation is a creature of law. It is a financial entity, a tool of business and can be owned by one or many. It can live forever. The issue is, is it a political entity at all. Does it have any political rights to representation as do citizens, that does it have any metaphysical political personhood? Justice Rehnquist, his dissent on Powell's decision that money is speech, saw and said that were a corporation forbidden by a state from any political role, and forbidden to contribute one cent in an election of any kind, no human person' right would be violated, no one's rights would be abridged. in any way whatsoever. The piece of property in paper form owned by the driver of the carpool car thus cannot be awarded a human person- citizen's poiltical rights .Matt Clarke 207 594-6453 [email protected]

Matt Clarke

The supreme court have been bought off - makes them look like a bunch of monkeys - for the second time.

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