Thursday, February 04, 2010

Aside from disagreeing with his complaint about a 'high tech lynching' as being a bit overwrought, I pretty much agree with Clarence Thomas on most issues (or is it that he agrees with me?), so it isn't a surprise that we're on the same page in thinking that the key issue in the Citizens United case is that people don't lose their right to free speech because of the way in which they band together to express their views.

Despite its status as a legal entity, a corporation is nothing more than a collection of individuals... individual workers, individual managers, individual investors, all bound together by their common interest in the activities of whatever they are doing, and all of whom have rights as individuals that aren't lost because they have come together in a corporate form.

That is why I get somewhat exasperated by those (primarily liberals) who rail against 'evil corporations'. A corporation can not be evil any more than it can be good. People can be good, people can be evil. So when someone criticizes a corporation as evil, they're in effect claiming that the people who work there are evil.... which is usually just plain wrong. The people at Toyota aren't evil. They may have screwed up recently, but they're not evil, they are simply people trying to do a job the best they can. Nor are health insurance companies evil, the people who process claims don't have horns sticking out of their heads, they're simply employees trying to follow the rules established by their managers who, by the way, also don't have horns sticking out of their heads.