'A Corporation Has No Soul': Modern Corporations, Corporate Governance, and Involvement in the Political Process
49 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012
Date Written: 2010
Modern-day corporations should not be granted the same first amendment privileges enjoyed by individual citizens. In Citizens United v. FEC, 130 S. Ct. 876 (2010), Citizens United argued that when the First Amendment was drafted, it did not define corporations as outside its jurisdiction, and the amendment protects the right of “speech” without regard to the “speaker.” However, it is important to note that the Founding Fathers could not have anticipated the nature of modern corporations, which are far from the “association of peers” corporations used to resemble. Instead, modern corporations focus on short-tern goals that have led to horrible accounting scandals, bankruptcies, and public outrage. Thus, the “voice” of a corporation does not reflect the voices of its individual employees, but protects the association’s selfish goals. A corporation should not be considered the same as an individual or an association of peers on the subject of the first amendment.
Keywords: Corporation, Enterprise, Charter, Shareholder, First Amendment, Free Speech, Executive Compensation, Soulless, Immoral, Citizens United v. FEC, Citizens United
JEL Classification: K00, K1, K10, K2, K22
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