That corporations are people in the eyes of the law has been a great subject of liberal indignation. This legal framework appears to have sanctified corporate money as speech and to be indicative of an era when democracy has been swallowed whole by the ”free market” and those who control it. But the foundation for corporate personhood was laid in Dartmouth v. Woodward before the Civil War for practical reasons: because a corporation is a collective of people doing business together, its constituent persons should not be deprived of their constitutional rights when they act as such.
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