Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad

The court reporter’s notes from the case that ended up giving corporations rights of personhood, even though the justices offered no written opinion on the matter

An Excerpt from “Political Observations” by James Madison

James Madison describes the corrosive effects of war on the countries that wage it

The Benefits of Buying Locally

Local business contributes to community health in ways of which many of us are unaware

Justice Rehnquist’s Dissent in First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti

A dissent in which Justice Rehnquist contends that constitutional personhood should not be granted to corporations

Kasky v. Nike — Do Corporations Have a Right to Lie?

Our archive on the Supreme Court case in which Nike claimed that the 1st amendment immunized the company from lawsuits over an allegedly deceptive public relations campaign.

The Gap Between Statutory and Real Corporate Tax Rates

The U.S. federal tax code requires corporations to pay 35 percent of their profits in income taxes. But of the 275 Fortune 500 companies that made a profit each year from 2001 to 2003 and for which adequate information is publicly available, only a few paid taxes near that statutory rate. Most paid much less.

Personalizing the Impersonal: Corporations and the Bill of Rights

A comprehensive law review article which offers the most thorough legal analysis to date of the process by which corporations have seized specific constitutional rights