|Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 04 2012 @ 11:44 PM EDT|
|But corporations are NOT 'legally a person'. They do not have all of the rights|
of an individual nor the capabilities. A corporation cannot vote, drink alcohol
or get a passport, even if it claims to be a citizen over the age of 21. What
the law does do, generally, is treat a corporation as an entity which has the
same sorts of rights which an individual has, taking notice that some of those
rights cannot apply to a corporation since it does not have the capability. We
may rhetorically call a corporation an abortion, but it can never have one. Nor
have a baby.
Person can also mean 'an individual'.
So it depends upon which meaning of 'person' you want to use. Just because laws
often have a definition that 'person includes a corporation' does NOT make a
corporation into a person. It only means that, in that instance, a corporation
can be charged as an entity for doing things which its employees have actually
Just because one maps onto the other does not make the mapping transitive.
'Juridical persons' exist because the 'package' which results is a convenient
way of bundling things together to handle problems. Trusts, corporations and
partnerships are "treated as if they are people" because it is
convenient for us to apply the same rules to those entities as would be applied
to a single person. But just because that mental mapping is convenient does not
make it dispositive. That would mean that corporations could be arrested and
thrown in jail. How would you do that? Grab the corporate seal?
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