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The American Republic, July 4 1776 - January 21, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Supreme Court just struck down limits on corporate expenditures in political campaigns, defining corporations as persons with fully protected speech rights. In the future, every big company will be able to hold a veritable gun to every candidate's head and threaten them with gigantic negative ad campaigns unless they give them what they want. If you thought corporations had a ridiculous amount of influence over American politics now, just wait.

I'll talk more about this later, but in the meantime let me just say that I'm glad the window to my 9th floor office doesn't open.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 10:31 AM
  • Seriously. The Court really f'ed this up.

    By Blogger Seeking Solace, at 9:54 PM  
  • And the problem is that if the decision is left to stand, there is never going to be an opportunity to correct the damage. This is the legal equivalent of Sulla marching on Rome. I have never been more discouraged about the fate of the Republic than I am today.

    By Blogger Arbitrista, at 10:00 PM  
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