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Corporations Are Sociopaths
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25 Responses to “Corporations are People. Evil People”

  1. wcvarones says:

    The same could be said of governments. Particularly corrupt, crony capitalist, revolving-door governments.

  2. NoKidding says:

    How come “The S&L Scandal” gets an descriptive name, but “2008 crisis” remains generic?

    Ironically reveals how the wordsmiths have been coopted by the banker class right in the middle of a piece about regulators coopted by the banker class.

  3. willid3 says:

    not sure why any one is surprised by this. after all , a corporation makes decisions strictly on cost and money (unless your at the top of course). they exist to do only one thing, make a profit. they serve no other purpose. they dont server their original purpose which was to do some thing good for the nation. but thats so old school.

  4. Chief Tomahawk says:


    Probably won’t gain traction until the stuff hits the fan. Came close in 2008…

  5. JimRino says:

    It should be the “Real Estate-Wall Street CDO Heist”?

  6. carleric says:

    you had to know when Chris Dodd and Barney Frank spearheaded the banking reform it was bound to be a mess…they were after all two of the most “bought by banker” clowns in Congress. And CEO pay is one of the biggest jokes in Ameria….most of those morons couldn’t find their way to work with out help although maybe our first step should be to take away the help. Great pictorials amd observations Barney

  7. thetruthseeker says:

    Thank you for stating something that most Progressives can’t seem to wrap their minds around. Namely, that corporations and governments are no different in that they are made up of people. While corporations offer do evil things, they generally cannot get away with those actions minus the help of government. More importantly, a corporation cannot make you do something at the point of a gun like government can. And lastly, governments have been responsible for more deaths in the last century than just about anything else, including cancer.


    BR: Corporations have a much lojnger life span than people, politicians, etc. They are an institution, and can out wait you — and outspend most other institutions

  8. A says:

    The rich are different from you and me.

    Just ask Lance Armstrong.

  9. VennData says:


    Oh Yeah,, the Democrats the party of the elites, of big business, the Chamber of Commerce and the country club… yeah… You’re fact-based discussion stirs my emotions pal.

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  11. farmera1 says:

    When I see a corporation thrown in jail or serve in the military then I’ll believe corporations are people. Corporations have all the rights (plus) of the Bill of Rights but none of the responsibilities. What a deal.

    There is a good read on this subject:

    UNEQUAL PROTECTION: How Corporations became “people” by Hartmann

    Traces the history of how corporations became people. Needless to say corporations weren’t defined as people in the Constitution, in fact a large cause of the revolution was fighting the power of corporations.

    “Unequal taxes, unequal accountability f or crime, unequal influence, unequal control of the media, unequal access to natural resources-corporations have gained these privileges and more by exploiting their legal status as persons. How did something so illogical and unjust become the law of the land?” Hartmann traces the history of this sordid tale in his book.

  12. romerjt says:

    Concerning the corporate raid on pensions, the post last week that mentioned George Carlin comes to mind again,

    “And now, they’re coming for your Social Security money, They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back. So they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something, they’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later. Because they own this fucking place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it…” – George Carlin

  13. romerjt says:

    And another thing . . . I thinks it’s all about limited liability, as long as corporations have it , how can they be “people”?

  14. Seth says:

    I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one of them.

    (No idea who said this first, but it’s worth repeating.)

  15. Lupin says:

    That graph appears to be some sort of cope from the Canadian documentary “The Corporation”. Not an original, just repackaged…


    BR: Full list of sources appear at bottom of graphic.

  16. Frilton Miedman says:

    Thetruthseeker points out that both corporations and governments do evil things.

    The Constitution ensured we the people were empowered to vote or impeach corruption out of office in a Democracy.

    Corporations, on the other hand, will always tend to gravitate to corruption, yet no one can vote or impeach them out….meanwhile the SJC now allows them to bribe our government.

  17. KLeBrun says:

    Truthseeker: ” And lastly, governments have been responsible for more deaths in the last century than just about anything else, including cancer.”

    We kill 500,000 people every year with tobacco products in the US. That exceeds our total loss in WWII which lasted 3 1/2 years. Cancer beats the government hands down.

  18. romerjt says:

    Corporations cause and need government. Where there is no government, there are no corporations, think Afghanistan. Corporations need governments to create and protect private property, yes at the point of a gun, they need government to create and protect patents, contracts, and to create the infrastructure to make allow them to produce and sells products.

    Corporations aren’t people and they aren’t nice, they are not supposed to be. They are supposed to make money for the shareholders, owners and if they can make more by poisoning the water and air, by mixing pink slime into the food, by shortchanging the customer they will do it, they are supposed to, its in their DNA, they are amoral.

    They are just a way to produce goods and services in a way that maximizes the return for the owners and if that means hiring children at the lowest wages possible, so be it. And that’s not wrong, but it is why we have government.

  19. Sandy the Swede says:

    1. Kudos to romerjt. Not only do I believe that you nailed it (corporations and government are inseparable), but you said it succinctly.

    2. BR, I agree that corporations have done some pretty evil things. However, labeling them ‘evil’ is a tad naive, anthropomorphic, and hyperbolic, no? As romertjt said, “they are amoral.” I have worked for corporations whose actions could be described as sleazy as well as corporations whose actions could be described as ethical. It was the actions of those fallible mortals in control which determined the reputation of the corporation. As has been said before, the purpose of a corporation is to maximize profits for its shareholders. Do you propose it do otherwise, and, if so, what is your alternative? If corporations are inherently ‘evil’ as you seem to opine, isn’t your next logical step to rid the world of this evil? If so, with what would replace corporations?

    3. I say we work to overturn ‘Citizens United.’ Talk about an unholy alliance!

  20. DeDude says:

    Corporations are sociopaths. They have no ability to feel guilt on themselves, or compassion for others. Their only goal is to extract as much as they can, for as small a sacrifice as they can get away with. In the modern world where the science of manipulation has made huge progress, corporations can have a devastating power unless another equally powerful entity control them and punish them for any and all destructive behavior. Remember they are the scorpions and we are the frogs, even if they destroy all of us in the process, they cannot help their own market forced behavior.

  21. 873450 says:

    Was gonna joke about the graphics being conclusive proof beyond doubt Barney Frank caused the global financial crisis. Either that or some other scapegoating Big Lie conspiracy theory. Then again, a prior comment making that pitch was already posted by a fool knowing it’s true.

  22. Frilton Miedman says:

    Disagree with Romerjit, corporations can exist without government, the term for this form of society is Feudalism.

    By definition, any organized congregation of power is governance, remove a given government and the next most powerful entity arises in its place.

    This is what concerns me with the neo-con appeals to “get rid of big government”, without a Democratically elected government, we’ll still be governed, the difference is that governing entity will be insulated from the Democratic process.

    Feudalism, where serfs serve the agenda of the powerful without a say, this is why the original Federalist movement failed, it too closely resembled monarchy.

  23. GraffitiGrammarian says:

    Well, the basic pattern of capitalism is to PRIVATIZE natural resources and make the PUBLIC SECTOR foot the bill for whatever consequences are incurred in exploiting those resources.

    By definition, capitalistic actors do not care about the damage they do to the ocean, the forests, the air or the soil. That’s true as true for extractive industries today (oil, mining) as it was at the beginning of the industrial era.

    I think it’s a lousy way to sustain a species, namely homo sapiens, and in fact it is not sustainable. Eventually profit-takers will do so much damage to the natural resources that we all rely on that they will make Planet Earth an unsustainable place for human life.

    And they’re well on their way to doing that. Climate change is raging away and nothing — NOTHING — is being done to slow it.

    For more on the way capitalism has built into it the destruction of nature, see Paul Hawken’s “The Ecology of Commerce.”

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