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The People vs. T.J. Rodgers

So we hear corporations are just out to make money.  We hear demands that speech by corporations should be censored by the state.  We are told corporations are not people. Corporations create many products people disapprove of. Are companies immoral?  Do we need a Constitutional amendment to allow the state to censor speech by groups like corporations?   How to fix corporations?   Should they be allowed to sell things, such as violent video games, that many consider to be harmful?  Should CEO pay be limited by law?   What are the pros/cons?  What is case for the prosecution? What is the case for the defense? Let's put corporations on trial!

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  • Eureka

    Look at the recent sentencing of BP over the spill. The Corporation plead guilty to a host of criminal charges and selected BP employees were also sentenced as individuals.

    Here is an interesting take on “. . . whether companies can be moral agents. The alternative view is that only the individuals employed by a company can be moral, and so deserve praise or blame.”

    November 26, 2012

  • Jim B

    Robert Reich on Black Friday, Walmarts, unions, etc.:

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    CEOs are criminally liable for the actions of the corporations they manage.
    The court case against the movie Naturally Born Killers ruled that the content of a product is a valid claim in court. The plaintif/prosecutor just failed at proving the connection btwn the content of the movie directly lead to the actions of the defendent.
    Again, corporations are not people - they are not immoral, although they may violate codes of ethics; - speech, advertising and content of the marketed product are all distinct issues.
    I hope we do not spend the evening trying to agree on facts and not talk about the issues; or worse, not defining the facts and having a meaningless and confussion discussion.

    November 11, 2012

  • Deborah

    Walter Mosley wrote a wonderful little treatise back in 1990 "Working on the Chain Gang: Shaking off the Dead Hand of History" which argues that we are chained by an economic (value) system that places money over humanity.

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Companies aren't immoral, but their not people either.

    1 · November 10, 2012

    • John H.

      Sorry I think it is I who made this mistake.

      November 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yup, I'm another Janet and I made the comment.

      November 10, 2012

  • John H.

    I think this is a very important topic. Some may wish to read about the early case before the Supreme Court dealing with corporations - the Dartmouth College Case:

    November 10, 2012

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