Proles whine about “corporate personhood,” not realizing that such a thing is necessary for corporations to be subject to our laws.
If you listened to proles, they would create an anarchy with ten million rules, none of which cooperated with the others. That is why our ancestors suppressed them.
In reality, personhood both establishes participation in the legal system, and enables someone or something to be held accountable. In corporations, with a narrow exception for people using them to hide personal agenda, the workers including leaders are not held personally accountable; only the group is, and if it goes bankrupt, oh well.
According to our legal masterminds, it would not be fair if we assigned corporate liability to leaders or worse, workers. How would they know? The practical answer is that if you assign liability, they will make it their business to know, enforcing accountability of a real sort on that corporation.
If we were thinking more clearly, we would assign personhood to other things, such as lakes:
On Tuesday, the citizens of Toledo, Ohio, granted legal rights reserved for people to Lake Erie, the 9,940-square-mile body of water on which their city depends.
The saga of Lake Erie’s personhood began in the summer of 2014, when a toxic algae bloom in the lake, powered by agricultural runoff and other pollution, led the city to turn off the spigots. The incident caused a state of emergency declaration, leaving half a million people without water for three days. The incident became the genesis of Toledoans for Safe Water, an advocacy group that works to clean up and protect the lake, as Yessenia Funes at Earther reports.
The grassroots group partnered with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to bring the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Charter Amendment, which states the lake has the right to “exist, flourish, and naturally evolve” to a vote this week. The referendum passed with 61 percent approval in a special election.
The legislation entitles the lake certain rights and empowers citizens to advocate for those rights when they are being violated, like bringing legal suits against polluters.
The important point here is that anyone who notices a polluter can sue, and recover money for themselves and the lake. This type of “Wild West” justice encourages citizen activity in suppressing bad behavior, instead of having everyone wave it off with the idea that government will take care of the problem.
Imagine other areas where this could be effective:
The Left should fear personhood because with it, nature and civilization can be given a voice in our legal and economic system, disrupting the otherwise consistent march toward lower standards and other forms of self-destruction.