Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Our last shred of dignity

"It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder."
-Frederic Bastiat

The Supreme Court is now considering a case that may grant fuller 1st amendment rights to corporations. Currently, a film made about a presidential candidate financed by a corporation cannot be shown during a narrow window of the election cycle. Currently, the law does not allocate the same free speech rights (as it pertains to elections) to a profit seeking entity as it does to a human being entitled to a ballot vote. The corporatocracy wants this to change. They want the right to launch huge campaigns both for and against candidates inside the 30 and 60 day window around primaries and elections without fucking around with PACs or non-profits or any of the other speed bumps the system currently puts in their way. If this case goes their way, imagine what our next election cycle will look like?

If it is difficult to fetter out truth from subterfuge now, if it is difficult to turn the head of a legislator towards the electorate now, how difficult will it be when corporations have this ax to wield? When an enormously rich and quite possibly multinational corporation is given this much power to influence elections, the gig is up. It will be oligarchic capitalism’s final triumph over the last flickering embers of representative democracy.

Here is a good discussion of the subject:

Free Speech and Hillary: The Movie

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