The issue of corporate personhood is a focal point for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Signs that read “I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one,” and “If corporations are people why don’t they pay taxes?” dot the landscape at many occupations around the country.
And these protesters have a good point: why should corporations get to have their cake and eat it too? If they want to enjoy the rights and privileges of being “people,” shouldn’t they also be punished for their crimes?
In the video below, the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly holds a mock trial, and journalist Chris Hedges reads indictment accusing Goldman Sachs of financial crimes against humanity.
People always ask, “what does Occupy Wall Street actually want?” Making the head of every single corporation that has stolen from the American people answer for its crimes in a court of law would be a good start.
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