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What with health care reform failing, banking regulatory reform a joke, 10% unemployment, climate change unchecked, everyone getting fat on government-subsidized corn products, and two messy wars still ongoing, you’d think things couldn’t get much worse for the ol’ U.S. of A. You would be wrong.

The Supreme Court just overturned a century of precedent and ruled that corporations have the same first amendment rights as people. They can now spend as much as they want on political campaigns.

It’s over, folks.

5 Comments

  1. Omar Uddin wrote:

    What kills me is even former Chief Justice Rehnquist, (a man once accused of intimidating black voters at the polls in the sixties and who wrote a memo arguing against Brown v Board of Education) once warned that treating corporate spending as the First Amendment equivalent of individual free speech is “to confuse metaphor with reality.”

    I will now light myself on fire.

    Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 14:25 | Permalink
  2. pjk wrote:

    Christ, yeah, pass the matches.

    Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 15:53 | Permalink
  3. gauche wrote:

    I was pretty upset by the ruling, too, but this article is giving me some pause. You have to get past the “corporations are just collections of people” bit, which is kind of obnoxious, but the part about distinguishing between media corporations and other kinds of corporations was interesting.

    Friday, January 22, 2010 at 15:16 | Permalink
  4. pjk wrote:

    I strenuously object to his idea that small corporations will somehow be more virtuous than big ones, or (even more laughably) balance them out. Virtue isn’t the issue. Corporations of any size are interested in one thing and one thing only when they get involved in politics: rent seeking. And rent seeking is never, ever good for society. Just because there were holes in the campaign finance dam in the form of PACs doesn’t mean we might as well knock the whole fucking thing over and see what happens.

    Anyway, no use arguing about it now.

    Friday, January 22, 2010 at 15:28 | Permalink
  5. EMS wrote:

    If corporations have the same rights as persons, why is it legal for them to own one another?

    Monday, January 25, 2010 at 12:57 | Permalink

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