Corporate personhood and the campaign to legalize democracy
On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme court took another step in the long - and many say misguided - journey to granting corporations personhood under the U.S. Constitution. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a five-member majority of the court increased the ability of corporations to use their wealth to influence our electoral process.
A civil lawsuit recently brought to court in Florida, is holding Chiquita Brands International guilty of terrorism because of their financial support of FARC, also known as Fuerzas (Fwer-sas) Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.
This edition of the Old Mole Variety Hour is hosted by Denise Morris. It deals with making energy locally, the racial, gender and class politics of the Southern plantation household, Alice Munro's latest book, a novel by Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, and a big leftist confab coming up in New York. ("Variety" is our middle name.)
Americans don't torture. No, they call it something else. And then they get away with it.
A deeply disappointing Department of Justice report reduces the war crimes of the Bush administration to an error of legal judgment. Sorry about the torture! Shouldn't have listened to those damn lawyers. With Joe out on vacation, Abe looks at a Bizarro World in which torturers and mass murderers enjoy lives of retired luxury in between speaking gigs and Sunday talkshow appearances. Oh wait -- it's our world.