An anonymous tipster named Tim pointed out this article to me. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the past that corporations are considered ‘persons’ and should enjoy the same rights as individuals. Last month, Porter Township in Pennsylvania passed an ordinance to deny corporations individual rights stated under the U.S. Constitution. They are the first local government in the U.S. to do so.
Props to them for tossing down the gauntlet, but there’s only one problem that I see. State and local governments are permitted to offer more freedom than the U.S. Supreme Court decrees, but never less. This case is interesting, as it’s not about what rights can be enjoyed by whom, but who can enjoy those rights to begin with. The USSC has ruled that corporations are people, so its unlikely that this law claiming they’re not will stand without contest.
The author of this article buries the lead under a painfully long introduction, sounds like a blowhard, and is short on the actual facts. I’m also not finding any records of this story under LexisNexis. Nothing under U.S. news. Nothing under Pennsylvania news. Nothing under legal news. A corporate conspiracy?