Corporations declared to be people? Huh?
Iíve heard you can avoid all kinds of laws by creating a corporation. I understand thatís nonsense, of course. But Iím curious: how is this supposed to work? Iíve always found the theories of corporate conspiracy theorists entertaining ó for example, the idea that U.S. courts have declared that ďcorporations are peopleĒ and can do anything a real person can. ďCorporations are peopleĒ seems to be propelled by some similar notion as, say, whacky tax protestor logic, but Iím damned if I can figure out what it is. The websites Iíve consulted offer a convoluted explanation involving the 14th Amendment and the Citizenís United decision, where nothing is what it seems ó itís like reading Heidegger or Leo Strauss. I know itís all jabberwocky at bottom, but surely thereís some superficially logical thread.