Corporate personhood, and who gets to speak in the workplace.

We the People, Inc.

We the People, Inc.

Law and the Supreme Court justices who interpret it.
March 3 2018 10:00 AM

When Did Corporations Become People?

If your answer is Citizens United, think again.

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On this week’s show, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by UCLA law professor Adam Winkler to talk about his new book We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. Together, they also examine what the constitutionalizing of corporate rights can tell us about the current gun debate.

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Then Dahlia steps inside the chamber for oral arguments in the hugely significant public-sector union case we previewed last episode. She is joined by the solicitor general of Illinois, David Franklin, who argued the case. There were explosive contributions from the justices on the bench—but notable silence from the court’s newest member, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.

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Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.