Contrary to the assertion in Christopher Arend’s May 13 Viewpoint, in which he defends the proposition that corporations are entitled to the same rights as natural persons, Justice John Paul Stevens’ dissenting opinion was exactly on point. A corporation is an artificial entity comprised of associated natural persons. Why does this association of individuals — each and every one with their freedoms and rights intact — need, or warrant, a right previously assigned to individual, natural persons? Each natural person in the corporation can use his or her constitutional rights and freedoms as they deem appropriate. Why are individuals associated into a corporation entitled to such aggregated and disproportionate rights?
When corporations were granted rights in the Citizens United matter previously granted to only natural persons, average natural citizens lost our right to equality in freedom of speech.