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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Buildings, Corporations, and Ems

The recent case of a woman who said she wanted to marry a building (discussed here) was intended to make a serious point: that only human beings could have rights and, more specifically, that the possession of rights also included the right to marry other beings with rights. (The second point is part of the basis for gay marriage.)

What does this imply about the rights of ems? A person made of atoms could not possibly marry a person made of bits. A century or two from now, the criticism of corporate rights might have echos in debates on em rights. (ObSF: Valentina by Joseph H. Delaney and Marc Stiegler)

I won't more than mention extraterrestrials, yet.

But wait, there's more…

According to Fark:

While we're all distracted by the Republican primary circus, the Koch brothers quietly collect $100 million, $60 million of it from them personally, to defeat Obama in November. Thanks, Citizens United
The Citizens United decision was about corporations spending money on political campaigns. If tycoons spending money on political campaigns was due to the Citizens United decision, that means tycoons are now classified as corporations. If corporations don't have human rights that means…

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