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User Info Freedom Of Speech: How Quaint; entered at 2010-01-22 13:41:31
Posts: 1266
Registered: 2008-04-10 virginia
From an amicus brief filed by democracy activists:

The governance system of . . . corporations is highly successful for the pursuit of profit, making them important instruments in the economic sphere. But the very factors that make the corporate form an effective instrument of wealth accumulation are the factors that make it inappropriate for corporations to claim the full panoply of First Amendment protections for political speech and participation that are enjoyed by natural persons. Because of the way corporations are structured, corporate speech does not express the political views of any individual or group of individuals associated with the corporation. Moreover, the constraints that drive a corporation's political speech - the requirement that corporate actions all must be calibrated toward profit - directly undermine the notion that a corporation can be a free participant in the marketplace of ideas. And precisely because a corporation enjoys significant state-created economic advantages designed for the narrow purpose of furthering wealth-accumulation, corporate participation in candidate campaigns promotes market entrenchment and corrupts the political marketplace in a fundamentally undemocratic manner.

Thats it in a nutshell. Answer this argument karl. Your proposed weak "solutions" will do little because corporations will be able to spend unlimited amounts influencing the electorate with ads etc.

Last modified: 2010-01-22 13:48:44 by vapor

2010-01-22 13:41:31