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Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas echoed the sentiment “Corporations were now armed with constitutional prerogatives” following the ruling of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Co. setting the precedent that under 14th Amendment, corporations are legal entities akin to that of a human being. Incapable of bleeding, breathing, or dying, the ruling of the case should not have granted corporations such rights. The big problem now, I’d say, is how the corporation’s concentration of power has exceeded the granted rights given to humans. We now ask our self: is it ‘just’ that companies are human? Plato described ‘justice’ as a sense of social consciousness that internally leads to a harmonious society. Unfortunately, such notion is a farce when looking at the current state of private firms in America.
Martin, William, "Egregious Corporate Pollution – DuPont: Decades of Shocking Malpractice" (2019). 2019 Op-Eds. 8.