By Thom Hartmann

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Unequal taxes, unequal responsibility for crime, unequal impact, unequal keep watch over of the media, unequal entry to normal resources—corporations have received those privileges and extra through exploiting their criminal prestige as folks. How did anything so illogical and unjust develop into the legislation of the land?

Americans were suffering from the function of agencies given that ahead of the delivery of the republic. As Thom Hartmann exhibits, the Boston Tea social gathering used to be truly a protest opposed to the British East India Company—the first smooth company. Unequal Protection tells the astounding tale of ways, after a long time of good limits on company strength, an offhand, off-the-record remark via a excellent court docket justice ended in the Fourteenth Amendment—originally handed to furnish uncomplicated rights to freed slaves—becoming the justification for granting organisations an analogous rights as people. And Hartmann proposes particular criminal treatments that might eventually positioned an finish to the unusual farce of company personhood.

This re-creation has been completely up to date and lines Hartmann’s research of 2 fresh perfect proceedings, together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which tossed out company crusade finance limits.

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