Vox Day makes an interesting observation concerning the application of Constitutional provisions to private companies:
The self-appointed defenders of capitalism very much want you to ignore the fact that every single corporation is a government creation. And as such, not only should they not enjoy the Constitutional protections of the rights possessed by individuals who are posterity of the Founders, they should be subject to the same limits that are imposed on the government.
Put another way, corporations exist because government charters them. Accordingly, corporations cannot behave in ways that government is not permitted to behave.
I rather like Day’s point, although I have only just begun to think about it. Perhaps there is an error I haven’t yet recognized.