Corporations are Meta-Organisms and so Should not be Allowed in Politics

Corporations should not have the same rights as people because corporations are meta-organisms and I don’t want to get out-competed by them.

The meta-organism is still an organism. The same laws of evolution apply to meta-organisms as to since-celled organisms. You are a meta-organism; you are composed of billions of cells, some of them h Sapiens cells, the majority of them not h Sapiens. Yes, numerically speaking, most of your cells are gut bacteria.

Your individual interests are not the same as your cells’. Your cells are just as well-off taking the CTV route and transforming into sexually-transmitted-cancers and infecting everyone they can as they are hanging out in your big toe, worried about getting sloughed off the next time you walk around barefoot. In a pinch, you’ll sacrifice your whole leg to save the rest of you–sucks for your leg, but good for you.

A beehive is a more obvious meta-organism. You probably already know all about bees, so I will attempt not to bore you by over-explaining. The queen bee lays the only eggs; worker bees, all female, spend their days flying miles back and forth to fetch nectar for the hive until their wings literally fall apart and they die.

The colony survives even if the majority of the workers die, say, in destroying an intruder.

The bee does what it has evolved to do, but I do not find such a fate personally attractive (despite my obvious affection for bees.) I do not want to be a bee; I want to be a person.

Corporations, like bee colonies, are meta-organisms. They are created, they live, they die. They attempt to get legislation passed in their favor. They will, if not controlled by some outside source, literally work their employees to death. Corporations do what is best for the corporation, or else what is best for the Queen Bee (management, CEOs.)

A world where corporations are given the same rights as people is a world where corporations change the political, social, and economic landscape to favor the continued existence of corporations, rather than the human beings who are supposed to benefit from them.

6 thoughts on “Corporations are Meta-Organisms and so Should not be Allowed in Politics

  1. I’m all for corporations having the same rights as people as long as they’re willing to take the same punishments as people. When people violate the law they get thrown in jail. So if a corporation breaks the law all the officers of the corporation get thrown in jail no matter who is responsible or what happened. I don’t think they would care much for this so let’s make a rule. You want to give campaign contributions then you’re a person and if things go bad you all suffer just like a person. You don’t give campaign contributions then you can continue with limited liability as before. Another rule might be that you can only give money in the State where your corporation is headquartered. Divisions or holding corporations would not count. Only the main corporation.

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  3. Actually corporations, which include charities; non-profits; unions; churches and governments, do not have the same rights as humans. For example; they cannot marry or vote, among other things. The purpose of making them “legal persons” is for legal accountability. In the absence of that; Enron executives could have been held blameless for any wrongdoing since they would have been legally considered to be “servants” of the owners, the shareholders. In the past it was often the case that shareholders of large economic concerns could be impoverished by law-suits against those enterprises, even though all decisions were made by salaried managers, and even if their economic stake in that concern was minute. It was also the case that slaveholders were held legally responsible for the actions of their slaves, and masters responsible for the actions of apprentices and indentured servants.


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