Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999
Subject: Re: Calendar Reform
>On Tue, 1 Jun 1999 you wrote:
>> . . . Specifically, the problem is that
>> as a consequence of a long process of political corruption
>> (helped along by such events as the U.S. Supreme Court's
>> decision in the late 19th Century to create the fiction of
>> the corporation as a person)
>How did this court decision help corruption?
The decision allowed executives of corporations to escape responsibility for the consequences of their decisions. If a corporation pollutes the environment because the directors decided to ignore regulations concerning disposal of hazardous wastes then, legally, responsibility lies not with the directors who made the decision but with "the company", which usually gets a fine which it can shrug off because the company made more money by actions which resulted in the pollution.
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