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Corporate Personhoodlums 0

Barbara Ehrenreich, writing at the Guardian, considers the personhood of Walmart in the light of the sex discrimination lawsuit against Walmart:

But Walmart’s defence against a class action charging the company with discrimination against its female employees – Dukes v Walmart – throws a new light on the biology of large corporations. The company argues that with “seven divisions, 41 regions, 3,400 stores and over one million employees”, the experiences of individual employees are just too variable to allow for a “class” in the legal sense to arise. Walmart, in other words, is too big, too multifaceted and too diverse to be sued.

So if Walmart is indeed a person, it is a person without a central nervous system, or at least without central control of its various body parts. There exist such persons, I admit, but surely, when the supreme court declared that corporations were persons, it did not mean to say “persons with advanced neuromuscular degenerative diseases”.


So if Walmart is a life form, it is an unclassifiable one. It eats, devouring town after town. It grows without limit, sometimes assuming new names – Walmex in Mexico, Asda in the UK. Yet in its defence in the Dukes v Walmart suit, Walmart claims to have no idea what it’s doing. This could be a metaphor for capitalism or a sign that a successful alien invasion is in progress. The only thing that’s for sure is, should the supreme court decide in favour of Walmart, we’ll have a lot more of these creatures running around: monstrously oversized “persons” who insist that they can’t control their own actions.

In the article, the writer shares some of experience in working for Walmart for a few months.

Apparently, Walmart is a shape-shifter.


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