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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