Many sources support my assertion and emerging thesis: the concept of 'corporate personhood' has Germanic, fascist roots.
Schlegel describes his ideal with the term "organic" ~ though it is not! Schlegel also used the term 'Christian' to describe his 'fascist' state. His 'Christian corporations', he said, were 'living wholes' and he described them in terms not unlike that of the corporatist (fascist) philosophy that had been espoused/advocated by Hegel.
Some hard background ~ in England, ‘the Crown’ has been regarded as a 'legal entity' for centuries. But that is not to say that the 'Crown' IS 'a person'! It simply does not follow that because the 'Crown' may exert power and/or authority it is a 'person'.
Likewise, it simply does not follow that because 'corporations' may enter into contracts that the said 'corporation' is a person.
In the case of the 'Crown', for example, it was said that it was both a source of law and the means by which it was enforced!
It is said that 'all modern societies' recognize the 'legal existence, as persons, of companies or corporations'!
Again ~ many things may be asserted! It was often asserted that the world was flat; saying so did not make it true.
Corporations do not procreate sexually;Corporations do not grow, fart, belch or have babies.Corporations do NONE of the things that define 'real people' either biologically or psychologically.A 'corporation' is nothing less than a paper contract outlining how and possibly when they may interact with 'real people' and with other corporations.
SCOTUS was wrong and wrong-headed and so are those members of the GOP who bought the scam!
Some have said that a corporation is an 'artificial' person!
Contracts which, in effect, create a 'corporate entity, differ from other contracts only because they are normally on-file with a Secretary of State somewhere. But that hardly makes of them a 'real person'.
'...conspiracies of rich men to procure their commodities in the name and title of the commonwealth'!
Ergo ~ corporations are better described as being 'legalized conspiracies' than as 'real people'.“I can perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of the commonwealth.” ~ Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535), Utopia, Of the Religions in Utopia
Words fail to describe the depths of lies, propaganda and sophistry indulged by the likes of A. Scalia who ~ laughingly ~ believes himself to be 'too smart for the court'!
Most advocates of 'corporate personhood' indulge false analogies because 'false' analogies may be their last redoubt. Clearly ~ real persons are not so easily defined or summed up having attributes of consciousness and volition that may never be duplicated in unimaginably large super-computers let alone a mere scrap of papers with a seal on it.
Simply, 'personhood' cannot be duplicated artificially and most certainly is not duplicated in mere 'legal abstractions' of any kind.
I deny many right-leaning assertions that "modern societies recognize the legal existence as persons of companies or corporations"!
If what is said in defense of corporate personhood were true, TRADE UNIONS would, may and should claim 'personhood'.
Should they do so, GOP hypocrites would scream bloody murder, foul, no fair!