The first thing I have to say is if Royal Dutch Petroleum wins this case I am immediately going to incorporate myself so I can get all of the benefits of being a person without any of the downsides.
Kiobel V. Royal Dutch Petroleum. This is a case that is now in front of the Supremely Corrupt Court. Here are the facts of the case. A dozen Nigerians claim that Royal Dutch and its two U.S, owned Shell subsidiaries worked with the Nigerian government to torture and kill anti-oil activists. Royal Dutch claims they can’t be sued for torture and murder because they are a corporation. The Second Court of Appeal agreed citing that no corporation has ever been held liable for human rights violations under international law. That is reserved for actual natural-born humans only.
Big business wants to have it both ways. They want to be treated as people when it suits them so they can buy our government and then they want to hide behind being a corporation when they get caught killing and torturing actual people.
This case is actually something I have been waiting to happen ever since the worst decision in the history of the Supremely Corrupt Court: The Citizens United decision.
Since the Court decided that corporations are people, and money is free speech in politics, I have been waiting to see if corporations were going to be held accountable for their actions, just like people are. A real person couldn’t get away with torture and killing for any reason. Why should a personhood corporation be able to do that? I would even take it a step farther and say the executives of the corporations and the board of directors should be held liable as the “personhood” in the corporation: They are the ones who actually give the corporation “personhood”. If a corporation is found to have committed murder, then the CEO and the board of directors get charged with that murder. That is only fair. You want to be a person? Then take everything that being a person is about – the good AND the bad.