Corporate Personhood Isn’t Such a Bad Thing
Posted at 10:30 a.m. on June 19
Much of the discussion around corporate personhood has centered around campaign finance reform and the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, but Wendy Kaminer broadens the lens and cautions against denying certain rights to corporations.
“If progressives had their way, the ACLU’s latest challenge to the NSA’s domestic surveillance would easily be dismissed… Of course, ACLU is not merely seeking to protect its interests in this lawsuit: It seeks to protect the interests of clients and prospective clients whose identities are revealed by the metadata… But, again, the ACLU is the plaintiff in this case, representing itself, defending its own corporate constitutional rights.”
“I’m not denying the corrosive, anti-democratic effects of big money. I’m asking progressives to stop denying the liberty interests served by corporate constitutional rights. If ACLU v Clapper doesn’t make those interests clear, then I suspect nothing will.”