Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Randi v. Turley

Randi Rhodes and Jonathan Turley just had a really interesting discussion about the Supreme Court ruling. I missed the beginning, unfortunately. It was a real back and forth, because Randi was upset by the bill, in the usual way (Mike Malloy called it the end of the democratic experiment, on his website, but he would say that if the milkman missed a delivery and there were nothing better to talk about on the show); Turley, a civil rights libertarian, seemed generally pleased with the outcome, although he would have written the opinion differently.

Anyway, it was interesting. I somewhat agree with Turley that campaign finance control is not sufficiently effective and so recovering what was lost is not a great approach; and I agree that whether personhood of public corporations should include First Amendment rights would be a worthwhile debate. (Randi had raised the question.) Personally, I think getting rid of those rights would be a good idea, but we still would have to deal with super-rich individuals. My personal, radical solution would be regulations on the use of accumulated wealth – a ‘use it or lose it’ rule for which campaign spending is not considered a ‘use’ – but we know that isn’t going to happen anytime soon, so I’m punting the question.

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