Corporations are free to merge with many other corporations, while polygamy is still illegal for 'people' in most states.
Polygamy is not a merger. Mergers turn multiple entities into one single thing. Polygamy still retains the individual people. The appropriate analogy would be cannibalism, and even that is wrong since mergers are usually mutually beneficial.
Corporations are allowed to have business practices such as "cutting off the competitor's air supply" while murder is still illegal for 'people'.
As long as their business practices are legal, it is nothing like murder. If the business practices are illegal, then there is no argument.
Corporations are allowed to be dissolved yet Suicide is illegal for 'people' to commit.
Corporate dissolution is not like suicide. Suicide destroys the value inherent in the person, whereas dissolution only destroys the company's name. The better analogy would be more like a divorce, where the parents split up the property and change their names. Again, that's all quite legal and isn't special treatment for corporations.
Corporations can have 'hostile takeovers' of other weaker corporations, but armed robbery, slavery, and blackmail are all still illegal for other categories of 'people'.
Robbery is theft. A hostile takeover isn't theft. It is a purchase of ownership. The two are not alike at all. As for slavery, a hostile takeover has nothing like it. Slavery doesn't apply because you aren't allowed to treat people like property. Company ownership is property and is traded every day. And blackmail doesn't even apply.
You also ignore that there are many laws that apply only to businesses and not to people. When was the last time you:
There are lots of problems with how we treat companies like people -- we agree on that. But your analogies don't add to that argument.
But in the interest of public good, a fire that's allowed to burn out-of-control at one home could spread to another home, or to a forest, extending the initial threat from a single private residence to the general welfare of the public. If I were this man's neighbor, and the fire that the fire department let burn suddenly engulfed my house as well, I would be quite the irate citizen.
If you read the article, you would see that the firefighters did actually keep the flames from spreading to his neighbor's property, since the neighbor had paid the $75 fee. While I agree that it is a good idea to keep fires from spreading, in this case it was only spreading to private property that was already protected.
[Sigh, I know this is going to get modded 'flamebait' and 'troll', but it had to be said.]
Actually, studies show that 78% of Slashdot posts that mention the author's certainty their post will be modded 'flamebait' or 'troll' are modded to at least +4 in either the insightful or informative categories (the split is usually 3:1 insightful to informative). The percentage jumps above 94% when the author uses the phrase 'karma to burn'.
I created a Slashdot entry with the URL being slashdot.org. then I gave it the keyword "sd". Now I just hit sd and enter and Slashdot is pulled up immediately!
Or you could use a perhaps more appropriate keyword for slashdot:
And what the fuck funny can you say about Henry Waxman?
How about just the fact that Henry Waxman looks a lot like a mouse? Just check out his face, it very much resembles a rodent: http://www.henrywaxman.house.gov/
Shouldn't we call him Henry CheeseMan or something like that? The resemblance always makes me laugh.
But then there's typically a good 30-40 year delay between actual achievement and Nobel prize.
This is true, though sometimes it takes even longer. In a recent case, it took Barack Obama 48 years to win a prize for being born.
As an engineer, I would honestly rather upper management to be as far away as possible, that's how the real work gets done. Show me an engineer that wants a CEO breathing down their neck and I'll show you an average engineer that wants to brown nose with management. Also what is a CEO supposed to do? What in his background would leave you to believe that other than signing 20 BILLION dollars into escrow for repairs/claims that he would be more effective at the scene? I'm not a fan of big business, but people are just looking for a reason to crucify him. I don't go to BP, that's what I do to show my disapproval.
You could say something similar about a certain President with his "boot on the neck" of BP looking for "who's ass to kick".
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