Buttle's World

19 February, 2010

Citizens United Good News for Progressives, Too

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 15:25

Will Wilkinson lays out the case.

Progressives are right to worry about corporatist government. But they locate the problem in the wrong place, which is why their proposed solutions repeatedly miss the target. It would be a great tragedy for democracy if a commonsense reading of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech truly undermined democratic freedom. Thankfully, it does not. Ultimately, the Citizen’s United case will change very little about how our political system works. Election-season speech was never the chief means by which special interests did their dirty work. But in some modest measure, the decision actually sets the right example. By limiting government power, it protects our freedom.

Of course a deliberately dishonest, illiterate reading of the Constitution is a requirement for being a “progressive”.

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