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Why Can't Corporations Vote?

In the United States, if the idea of letting corporations vote in elections gets talked about at all, it’s usually as the absurd logical end point of treating companies like people.

Not so in Australia.

Companies get to vote there. And why not? Is it really so absurd that an entity that is subject to taxation without representation shouldn't get to bitch about it in a voting booth?

Granted, they are talking about making it MANDATORY down under. But if corporations are 'people,' why shouldn't they have the franchise? At one time slaves weren't allowed to vote—women neither. Each was considered property in their day.

I have news for you: Every quarter year, the town where I'm chartered sends me a property tax bill and (once a year) an intrusive form asking how much I make at that location. They intend to use my income as a reason to boost my property taxes. I sent a newsletter back, I ALREADY PAY TAXES ON THAT.

Double dip your mother instead, town jerk.

Along with these bills, they send a newsletter talking about how they are renovating this, putting marble on that, and giving every student an iPad with their own personal robot butler to carry it.

And my corporation can't vote?

Somebody should dump tea in the harbor or some shit.


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Aug. 27th, 2014 04:54 am (UTC)
Corporations are legally "people" to allow them to contract and sue and be sued. If they were not "people" in that sense, joint-stock corporations would be impractical, and we would all be a lot poorer.
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