12 February 2011

Say no more

In his dissenting opinion for Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a case that gave the notion that money equals speech and corporations equal individuals the imprimatur of the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens went so far as to make a sort of bitter joke out of the whole thing: "While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics." Murdoch Triumphant (subscription), by Marvin Kitman, Harper's Magazine, November 2010

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