Fascinating thoughts. The subject of the egregores or some kind of animating spirit of ORGANIZATIONS instead of things has come up for me several times lately. The points in this article are very articulately expressed, and its led me to think about how I talk and write about corporations and non-animate things …. READ IT.
I’ve been trying for months to write about why corporations are not people. The reason this is such a struggle, I fear, is because corporations actually are people. They are treated like people by other people; what more is there to know?
When the Citizens United case was decided, it resulted in an outcry of, “corporations are not people!” Other than that specific tag line, however, there’s little to suggest that this is true. Mind you, I do not believe that corporations are people (despite being legally a “body”), but the notion that they are is thoroughly embedded in our language, therefore in our thinking. If we wish to separate personhood for corporateness, we need to start with the words that shape our thoughts.
A few examples of language that empowers faceless entities to be treated as people:
- Someone taking over a local business in my community posted in a…
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