The Week contest: Corporate rights
The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have free speech rights. What is the next right that corporations should assert?
This week's question: The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have free speech rights, just like individuals, and is considering whether they also have a right to freedom of religion, so they can be exempt from laws that violate their owners' beliefs. What is the next right that corporations should assert?
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RESULTS:THE WINNER: The right to kill competitors in self-defenseMarcus Davis, Eufaula, Ala.
SECOND PLACE: The right to a jury of their peers (i.e., other corporations)Mark G. Kane, Bayside, N.Y.THIRD PLACE: The right to run for officeBetty Henry, Berkeley, Calif.HONORABLE MENTIONS:The right to remain silentRoger McDonald, Charlottesville, Va.
The right to bear marketsMarlon Smith, Elmont, N.Y.The right to a fair trialOliver Wyatt, Norwood, Mass.Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment: If people cannot be drawn and quartered, corporations cannot be forced to split into smaller pieces eitherJeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.The right of assembly so they can legally fix pricesRaven Deerwater, Mendocino, Calif.The right to dissembleHoward Kniffin, El Cerrito, Calif.Freedom to disassemble their workersStephanie Sarich, Minnetonka, Minn.Marriage (the ability to merge without scrutiny)Scott Hamre, Beaumont, Calif.Collective bargaining rightsDennis Treadwell, Pipe Creek, TexasThe right to influence politicians. Oh, wait — they already do.Jan Steuart, Rochester, N.Y.
Abortion rights, allowing them to "terminate" any employee during the first nine months of employmentJoe Camera, Lompoc, Calif.Freedom from the minimum wageMiguel Clement, Ann Arbor, Mich.The right to die with dignityCamille V. Nightingale, SeattleThe right to feign outrage while secretly complying with government demands for access to user dataMichael Slawski, Fairfax, Va.The right to walk their senators in public, as long as they’re kept on a leashKc. Boren, Victoria, TexasThe right to a well-regulated militiaChris Leggette, Robbinsville, N.J.As an artificial person, a corporation should have the right to pay its taxes with artificial moneyHarvey Randall, Niskayuna, N.Y.