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Rebalancing Society by Henry Mintzberg

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Notes

Chapter 1

1. This recognition was not, in fact, discussed, debated, or even decided by the Court so much as assumed. In fact, the passage in question, inserted in the ruling as a headnote, was written by a court reporter, himself the president of a private railroad. Such headnotes were later agreed to have no legal force, but by then the precedent had been established. Nace’s book, Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy (2003), probes into this and related issues, concluding, “In general, Supreme Court decisions have granted new corporate rights with virtually no supporting argument, or alternatively have used a strange medley of rationales.” The result has been “a full-fledged legal super-person” (pp. ...

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