In his broadcast Monday night, Russia Today’s liberal talk show host Thom Hartmann explained the history of how the legal theory of corporate personhood came to exist, and why you should care.

“This is what we need to return to: re-regulate the corporations and say, ‘Sorry, you are not people, corporations. You do not have First Amendment rights of free speech. Get out of our political lives and our political world.’ It’s time to bring politics back of, by and for — to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln — we the people.”

This video is from The Big Picture, broadcast Monday, August 15, 2011.