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successful business owners were respected
no mores, ethics, or respect for their fellow human beings
The basis for allowing corporations to assert protection under the U.S. Constitution is that they are organizations of people, and the people should not be deprived of their constitutional rights when they act collectively.In this view, treating corporations as "persons" is a convenient legal fiction which allows corporations to sue and to be sued, provides a single entity for easier taxation and regulation, simplifies complex transactions that would otherwise involve, in the case of large corporations, thousands of people, and protects the individual rights of the shareholders as well as the right of association.
Generally, corporations are not able to claim constitutional protections that would not otherwise be available to persons acting as a group. For example, the Supreme Court has not recognized a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination for a corporation, since the right can be exercised only on an individual basis.
Can you remember all the fear about multi-nationals? Those 1980/90s multi-nationals were minnows by today's standards. It bugs me that wealth on that scale accrues power and influence and starts rearranging the legal furniture for its own comfort.
We should all try and lock down our privacy settings, but after a certain point the cost of using the internet is that a certain amount of personal information is required. Should it be? Maybe not...but we're not the ones who built and maintain the infrastructure. We're not the ISP's or search engine companies. We are users. We use a service provided to us.