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Thom Hartmann (born May 7 1951) is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist and entrepreneur, and a progressive or liberal political commentator. His nationally-syndicated radio show, "The Thom Hartmann Program", airs in the United States and has 2 million unique listeners a week.
In his 2004 book "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights" Hartman argues that the 1886 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company (118 U.S. 394) did not actually gra nt corporate personhood, and that this doctrine derives from a mistaken interpretation of a Supreme Court clerk's notes. Hartmann considers this a clear contradiction of the intent of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In his article "Now Corporations Claim The 'Right To Lie'" he links his arguments about corportae personhood to a court case between the Nike and Marc Kasky where the industry giant tries to justify corporate lying.