Adam L. Silverman, PhD*
Frabjous, in comments to the Palin at Gettysburg thread, mentioned how corporations came to be considered as people for legal purposes. This was a major change in not only American jurisprudence, but also American political philosophy as Madison definitely did not consider corporations, nor did he want them considered, as if they were people for legal or political purposes. Back in 2002 Thom Hartmann wrote an interesting essay explaining how corporate personhood came to be. I highly recommend his piece to the SST community.
* Adam L. Silverman is the Culture and Foreign Language Advisor at the US Army War College. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Army War College or the US Army.