While I greatly appreciate Linzey’s work and his clarity about the issues around environmental protection (see his organizations website at www.celdf.org), I disagree that the founders were creating a state based on corporations for the simple reason that both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson warned us against allowing corporations to endure on several occasions. Also, the Mount Vernon estate was not a corporation according to the materials I’ve seen there, but George Washington developed a self-sustaining community that produced almost everything the several thousand people who lived on it consumed and, through a corporation (a means of raising funds and not imperiling the estate if a shipment got lost—which is the reason the corporation was invented in the 1600s), exported some to Britain and other European countries.
The corporation as an entity with rights entered the picture about a hundred years later, in 1886, and was reaffirmed by the recent Supreme Court decision. So, while the Constitution was not created to protect corporations, those two “minor” changes have set it up to do so. (Thomas J is, I’m sure, causing earthquakes in his grave!)
You may recall that it’s only in the past few decades that more than a handful of folks could incorporate–and most of them did so in Delaware–so the phenomenon has had a long exponential growth curve, has probably exceeded its limits in the US economy (which is why the Limited Liability Company has been invented), and may be approaching its limits within the global economy.