Many sources support my assertion and emerging thesis: the concept of 'corporate personhood' has Germanic, fascist roots. Herr Schlegel, for example, wrote an essay entitled “Signature of the Age” (Signatur des Zeitalters, 1820). Amid his attacks on British-American "parliamentary government" may be found his Mitt Romney/SCOTUS-like descriptions of a "machine-like", ideal state.
Schlegel describes his ideal with the term "organic" --though it is not! Shlegel 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 'corporations' are people. 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! This, it is said, put it above 'laws' ---laws which people, real people, are expected to obey.
It is said that 'all modern societies' recognize the legal existence of companies or corporations as persons! Again --many things may be asserted! It was often asserted that the world was flat; asserting it did not make it true.
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 simply cannot be duplicated in mere 'legal abstractions' of any kind.
I deny many right-leaning assertions that "modern societies recognise 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!
By simply refusing to tolerate such an outcome, the GOP will have demonstrated its hypocrisy, its disingenuous assertion that corporations are people. Alas --the GOP has historically sought to have it several ways but right.
In the meantime, I urge those who make cars for a living --ORGANIZE AND INCORPORATE!
I urge those who make steel for a living --ORGANIZE AND INCORPORATE!
I urge those who work in any way with respect to the production of oil and/or petroleum related/derived products --ORGANIZE AND INCORPORATE!
In that way, you are guranteed that you will be treated like real persons while, previously, actually BEING a real person would have guaranteed your enslavement to Moloch!
Fritz Lang's Vision of a World in which " ...corporations are people, my friend!"