The United States recognizes corporations as individuals and grants them the same rights as an individual person. So the question is: "do corporations have a positive or a negative influence on a society?" I would rather not get into a economics debate (I rarely read those) so I see the hardest part of this question as being able to find the real societal value of a corporation OUTSIDE of pure economic benefit. So should a group be recognized as an individual? I see this "corporate personhood" as causing imbalance within a society and shifting the power away from the individual. I would like to expand my perspective though.