But the one piece that keeps getting left out is: "Ok, assume they're -not- like people, now what protections does the Bill of Rights offer them, and how would you like it?"
The New York Times without Freedom of Press?Random church without Freedom of Religion?Random protest organization without Freedom of Assembly?Force Boeing to quarter the Air Force at their airfields?
Due process? Trials?
If you make the assumption that corporations don't have 'basically the same rights', then you've successfully flat gutted the Bill of Rights, top to bottom. And, shockingly, Leftists appear to be just fine with most of that knowing that their pet projects would be either exempted or exonerated.
What we have here is Logic. Hard truth, as it were.