It goes back way before Citizens United…

These organizations [joint stock companies] had raised hackles from the very beginning. Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), for example, had complained that “they cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed or excommunicated, for they have no souls.” Two centuries later, the lord chancellor, Edward Thurlow (1731-1806), echoed his words: “Corporations have neither bodies to be punished, nor … Continue reading

Notes from “The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea”

The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea by John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge Some notes I took while reading this highly informative book. ┬áPresented in roughly chronological order (book chronology) though I make no promises… —=+=— Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, UTOPIA LIMITED satirizes the limited liability corporation, and Joint Stock Act http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia,_Limited “This … Continue reading