Comments: Proper Blogging

The rants were good. It'll be a little while before we catch our breath to respond, though.

Robertson's existence as an economic entity has actually forced him to back away from extreme statements before. After Ariel Sharon's stroke, which Robertson called divine justice for "dividing the holy land," Israeli outrage threatened a "Christ-land in Israel" theme park development of Robertson's, and he apologized.

It's not much, but it does give you a pretty damned good idea what his moral calculus is...

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at February 4, 2006 03:31 PM

Good catch on corporate personality from Common Dreams.

When my car infringes other than by being pulled up by a patrol officer, I get mailed a citation as registered owner but I can finger the actual driver. So when a corporation infringes, its criminality should be assumed unless it can finger the individual criminals.

Posted by AlanDownunder at February 4, 2006 06:54 PM

Jonathan - I generally assume people just roll their eyes and move on to a different blog when they see one of those endless rants here. :) In general, I don't get comments on them, so I assume few people are reading them. (Which is okay. I'm mostly blowing off steam.)

Anyhow who doubts that those "televangelists" are in it for the money is delusional.

Posted by Anne at February 5, 2006 09:40 AM

Alan - The difference, of course, is that there's no law declaring that your car is a "person" with all the rights that others "persons" have.

I'm just saying. It's hard for me to support that "corporate personhood" thing. It's very difficult to pretend that a corporation is subject to the same laws and penalties as an actual person when you can't put it in jail for its crimes.

The only thing you can do is levy fines against it and in this country, the fines always seem to be just a fraction of the money the corporation made committing the crime. It's not much of a deterrent when a ten million-dollar act of fraud results in a five hundred-thousand dollar fine, you know? The crime is definitely worth the punishment.

Posted by Anne at February 5, 2006 09:44 AM