Stray Thought

If corporations are people, can we draft them?

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8 Responses to Stray Thought

  1. Rob says:

    As it doesn’t maximize profits, don’t they have a conscientious objection?

  2. Patrick (G) says:

    I believe that a close reading of economic policy during world war 2 might reveal that the government had effectively drafted corporations for its wartime objectives.

    I’m not so sure about any other period in American history.

  3. Earl Killian says:

    It seems to me the more important question is whether they can be sent to jail. When a corporation commits a crime that would get N years in jail for a person, shouldn’t it be fined N years of profits (or perhaps 0.1*N*revenue)?

    One side effect of such a rule is that it would provide an incentive for keeping corporations small (a large corporation being more likely to break the law).

  4. Samuel Rose says:

    They can’t be sent to jail, but can be sued

  5. Job says:

    Corporations, like families, are made up of people, and the representative who would be voting on behalf of the corporation is already voting in the corporation’s interest when they hit the ballot box.

  6. nitin says:

    I believe, they could be.

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