How to gain the rule of the people, not corporations
Paul Cienfuegos – Corporations vs. People (lecture)
The Citizens United Supreme Court decision gave corporations a green light to secretly funnel in as much money as they want to elect candidates. The justices in their supreme wisdom have once again privileged corporations over citizens. The results have been dramatic. Even with a weak economy a record amount of cash has flooded political campaigns. Although corporations are not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution or Bill of Rights a series of legal decisions have given them the rights of personhood and free speech.
Laurie Mercier hosts this show featuring live music from Wobble Wobble, singers of labor songs. Also on the program, Bill Resnick talks with climate expert Daphne Wysham about responses to climate change that enrich the poluters and Frann Michel explores the ups and downs of academic studies of happiness.
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