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« Taoist Consciousness | Main | Confucius, the movie....where is the love? »

January 22, 2010


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Corporations are legal persons (法人)and it seems to me that rather than basing your dissent on the fact that legal persons are fundamentally different from natural persons (as Stevens does) it would perhaps make more sense to ask whether in fact we do want to grant legal persons (ie corporations) all the same rights as natural persons (ie human beings). If we conflate the two, then what? Corporations with the right to bear arms and the right to marry and the right to drink after they are 21...

And the other side of the coin?

What's even worse is that natural people DIE, but a corporation can live in perpetuity. In essence, from the perspective of Christian belief, corporations have been afforded the same status as God.

I don't know whether corporations are people. If we accept Tu's line of thinking (and, admittedly, there is as much Kirkegaard there as there is Confucius) then a case could be made for corporations being an expression of personhood that is in keeping with a Confucian vision.

But that isn't the question a Confucian needs to ask. What a Confucian needs to ask is whether or not they are benevolent persons, whether or not they actualize ren. And corporations do not actualize ren; indeed, they are designed not to so that they can further their profit.

And Mencius has a bunch of bad things to say about people (however we conceive them) that are in a position of power (which corporations undeniably are) that fail to actualize ren in order to further their own bottom line . . .

Confucius does too, for that matter.

rent the movie " the corporation" excellent and details this process of what we see.

The Supreme Court may have just made the First Amendment a suicide note for representative democracy in the U.S. But it was in ill-health anyway.

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