We the Corporations by Adam Winkler

We the Corporations

We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known “civil rights movements” in American history. Hardly oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought since the nation’s earliest days to gain equal rights under the Constitution—and today have nearly all the same rights as ordinary people.Exposing the historical origins of Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, Ad...

Details We the Corporations

TitleWe the Corporations
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, History, Business, Law, Politics, Economics

Reviews We the Corporations

  • Mehrsa
    It's hard to write a 400 year history, but this was very well done and admirably focused. At times I wished for more analysis and less of a play by play, but the story that emerges is pretty clear. What I found fascinating is the early American history--We, the people of America, were created by corporations and the early state charters resembled corporate charters more than constitutions. Yet we have not had a comfortable relationship with corpo...
  • David Wineberg
    It is endlessly entertaining to examine Supreme Court decisions, to follow the logic and often the prejudice and corruption they comprise. We The Corporations selectively follows the tribulations of the 14th amendment, designed specifically to prevent discrimination among the newly freed slaves following the Civil War. Corporations immediately overtook it, claiming it was meant for them. The results have been dispiriting to say the least. Between...
  • Marks54
    This is a book by a law professor at UCLA detailing the history of how US corporate bodies came to increasingly be viewed as legal persons with a widening array of property and liberty rights comparable to those we normally consider as being possessed by individual human beings. The story is a long incremental one beginning with John Marshall and the Bank of the US and culminating in the Citizen’s United case establishing freedom of speech and ...
  • Maggie Holmes
    This is one of the books I always wanted to write (along with Anne Bogel's Reading People book.) I've known that the history of corporation rights began early in our country's history. I just didn't know how early. We the Corporations is an important book about an important topic. Corporations are really in charge in our country and Winkler explains how they got there. From the beginnings of corporations in Roman law through Blackstone in England...
  • Rob
    A fascinating, and highly accessible story of the development of rights for corporations. In spite of the overwhelming public opposition to the SCOTUS decision in "Citizens United" that opened the floodgates for money in politics, Winkler demonstrates that that decision sits on a scaffolding of many other cases going back to the early days of the Republic arguing for the expansion of corporate rights. While internal SCOTUS machinations in the Cit...
  • Elizabeth
    We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Hardcover) by Adam Winkler from the libraryheard au on 1A ( https://the1a.org/) on NPR Feb 26 2018also On the Media Apr 16 2018https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/how...listen 4:20 to end--- esp on the 14th amendment at 7:30 to 9:50transcribe 5:30 "The republic was born" to 6:30. I tried to pick a segment out of the 14th amendment section but couldn't find a concise bit. from the ...
  • Will A
    The cry of "Corporations are not people!" after 'Citizens United' was not quite right. The US Supreme Court has tended to restrict corporate rights when it has treated corporations as persons, artificial legal persons; and to grant them rights when it has treated them as bearers of the rights of the underlying owners and members using the corporate form to associate together.This is an interesting account of cases concerning the rights of corpora...
  • Brandon
    The writing is a little clunky and the organization a bit disjointed, but it is well worth the periodic slog. I mean, how gripping can one really make the recounting of a particular line of Supreme Court cases? This is an important book that you hope everyone who cares about our democracy can find the time to read. Winkler has truly uncovered a little known (if not under-appreciated) “movement” in civil rights. One that most people probably a...
  • Gavin
    Fascinating overview of the creep of CorporationsReally interesting book which is full of facts to remember. Also very interesting to read how Corporate rights have come to be; often either via deception or taking advantage of rulings initially intended to aid individuals or minorities in need to legal protection. One has to think that the current situation will be changed over time, but reading the history of business here, it makes you wonder w...
  • Christopher Mitchell
    This was a compelling read, very well written for a non-technical audience. It goes quickly, from the founding of our republic to present day, discussing the legal status of corporations and how that status evolved. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to reform the problems that are so obvious in the wake of Citizens United because merely saying "corporations aren't people" is a better slogan than solution.
  • Armand
    This very interesting and well written book gave me a much better understanding of what corporate rights now are and how they evolved to this point. I never would have believed I would find this subject so interesting. I want to read the author's other book on gun control.
  • Dan Cotter
    This book is fantastic, an amazing journey through the development of corporate Rights under the Constitution.
  • Dean
    Are corporations persons with constitutional rights? and if so, some or all the constitutional rights a citizen has.This is a nice constitutional history of the answers to those questions.