We already live in a world where corporations are regarded as legal persons — but what happens if corporate personhood becomes more valid than that of organic beings? That's the provocative premise of a new story by Vonda N. McIntyre, called simply "Supreme Court of the United States Defines Personhood."

Top image: Lucas Pate on Flickr.

It's a fascinating look at a dystopian scenario, as well as a cutting metaphor for our current situation — and whether you're a liberal or a conservative, this story is bound to push your buttons a bit.


Here's how it begins:

In an expected decision today, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed its definition of Corporations as persons, and redefined organic beings as unpersons.

Unpersons include nebular avatars, bionic individuals (including biological bodies with computer-assisted intellects, machine-assisted brain preservation modalities, and exoskeleton-assisted paraplegics, quadriplegics, and n-oplegics for any value of "n", including naturalized aliens), infertile biological entities (whether infertility be caused by chromosomal abnormality, age, illness, sexual orientation, or disinclination to reproduce), naturalized aliens, and natural-born human beings.

The Perfect Union must now be administered as a profit-making organization (Amendment 28 to the Constitution of the United States of America, "National Profitability"). Corporations are the only entities with sufficient financial resources to function as Persons and Citizens.


Read the rest over at the link. [Book View Cafe]