There are moments in which certain news seem to arrive only to give better context, explanation and motivation for others. This feels like one of those moments.
According to the New York Times:
paychecks for top American executives were growing again in 2010
some top executives are already making more than they were before the economy soured
median pay for top executives at 200 big companies last year was $10.8 million, a 23% gain from 2009
I have a feeling that this is not just a direct consequence, but a prerequisite, of corporations that have the same rights of real human beings even if corporations:
are only legal fictions
are impersonal, immortal and ubiquitous, that is so much more powerful than humans that it doesn’t seem fair to give them the same rights
because leading something inhuman, that //wants and needs// to act inhuman, demands inhuman paychecks.
This is why that report mentioned by the New York Times seems a a great explanation and motivation for another piece of news, the Move to Amend the USA Constitution because only “human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights”. If you want more context and historical background on why corporate personhood, in its current form, may not be a great idea, I suggest reading: