A Belated Response to Citizens United
Essentially, the Corporation is a method for perpetuating the practical operation of an institution beyond the organic limitations of any single human generation. Rules and articles of the corporation (or incorporation) may take, and historically have taken, variously, secular and or religious aspects and characteristics.
Corporations tend to thrive to the extent their leaders and participants recognize and understand (with in particular a timely and accurate application of that understanding) the organic roots and underlying mechanisms of their nature; the opposite is also true.
Language can also be considered a semiotic or verbal sort of corporation (and/or of “environment”), usually working in tandem with one or more other corporate forms (cities, universities, businesses, etc.).* For those interested in the evolution of the corporation and corporate activities, particularly in Western culture, please check out the link to a great book on this subject, The King's Two Bodies, on this (my) website.
Given its organic nature, the corporation must necessarily employ human beings, which endow it in some respects with human qualities. It is not, however, in and of itself human. In fact, given it's central raison d’etre as the perpetuation of practical continuities above and beyond the limitations of human mortality, a corporation is in fact in all those aspects the opposite or antithesis of anything human.
Thus, to legally endow it with rights and responsibilities identical to those given to human beings can only result in generally undesirable results, much like attempting to create a chemical compound using ingredients from the wrong formula.
Lee Strauss (Copyright 2019)