I’ve been amused by the wailing and gnashing of teeth today from Wingnuttia, who finally have found a corporation that they do not want to give full personhood to. To be blunt, last week Wingnuttia cheered on Hobby-Lobby for exercising its First Amendment rights to deny slutty-slut-sluts their slut pills, but wail about how Mozilla is taking away the free speech rights of Brendan Eich. (Which as we all know is patently untrue, only governing bodies like legislatures and Congress can write laws that infringe on First Amendment rights; the employee handbook cannot.)
So Corporations Are People (My Friends), except when they do something you don’t like, eh?
But the larger point that I think everyone is missing is this: Mozilla made a business decision. They were losing the all-important mind-share of Silicon Valley. They would have trouble recruiting employees, they were losing marketshare via a backlash, and the so-called eco-system of third party developers stopped in its tracks. When the Board of Directors started resigning, it was a company in free-fall. I mentioned this once before, but if you believe in the so-called Invisible Hand of the Marketplace, this was a self-correcting moment.
There are some interesting reads on this topic via Memeorandum, and you might find any of them interesting.