Thursday, January 21, 2010

Free Speech: Are Corporations the Same as People

For about 100 years, our U.S. Supreme Ct. has operated upon the principle that corporations do not have the same free speech rights as do people. This ruling aimed to preserve democracy from the corruption of wealth.

The Supreme Court has just over-turned that ruling made so long ago. Now corporations have the same rights as do people when it comes to campaign contributions.

I wonder how Europeans felt in the 1930s when they viewed the forces and strategies of fascism rising in their countries. Did they think, "well this event and that policy are small things and their passage does not necessarily mean my country is becoming fascist?"

Outsiders must have observed what was going on and known.

In retrospect we ask "why didn't they do something about rising fascism in Italy, Spain, German, Japan, Russia (under Stalin)?"

Is this how it happened?

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