Don't Businesses have rights?

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    Isn't a liberal suppose to be someone that advocates for maximum freedom yet they propose more restrictions on the freedom of entrepreneurs than any other political group. At one time (about a hundred years ago) the dreaded lazei-faire* philosophy was considered liberal since it allowed the individual to conduct their economic affairs as they wish.

    I'm asking, don't businesses (and the dreaded corporations) get the same rights to conduct their existence that any other thing in a liberal society does?
     
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    Of course. What I'm against isn't corporations having rights, it's corporations artificially enhancing their rights through lobbyists and legislation. Isn't that against the whole idea of laissez faire anyway?
     
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    I'm opposed to it no more than unions, enviromental groups, or any other organization that does the same thing.

    Why should the Sierra club have all the legal rights to lobby and businesses can't?
     
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    The idea that a business has inalienable rights in any way equal to an individual is not only contrary to the principles that founded this country, particularly those stated in the declaration of independance, but is just plain sick.

    But what is more sickening is that in fact, in the United States, businesses have not equal rights, but greater rights than the individual - and greater political power.
     
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    A business does not have a right since it is person's way of earning a living. Its like saying a person's job has rights.

    What does have rights is the business owner to conduct their affairs as they see fit.
     
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    You guys don't get the concept of inalienable rights do you? It is saying that they are a part of your being like how much a stone ways. You can't legislate that amount simply because it weight is affixed in nature.
     
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    The principle of inalienable rights is an ideal upon which this country was founded. It is NOT a fact of nature by any means. It is the product of highly evolved human thought and is in CONTRADICTION to nature.

    Natural law is that YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS EXECPT THE RIGHT TO DIE. That is reality.

    If nature dictated that people had inalienable rights, then even the King of England could not have violated those rights and there never would have been a need for the American Revolution.

    Choosing to believe and live with respect for the inalienable rights of others is a choice that few make.

    Being a 'human being', in the highest sense of the word, is also another choice that few choose.

    Sorry, but reality is harsh.
     
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    Where in the Constitution does it recognize the rights of businesses?
     
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    The day a corporation can go to jail for covering up a flaw that kills a child is the day that a 'business' can have "rights".
     
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    so what do you propose to do about GE????
     

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