Discussion in 'Media' started by Quantum Windbag, May 20, 2011.
I love irony.
Steve Simpson and Paul Sherman: Stephen Colbert's Free Speech Problem - WSJ.com
Citizens United ranks as one of the worst SCOTUS decisions of modern times. Corporate worship is a powerful force in the American mind, the power of many years of propaganda is obvious, business has attained religious status for the impressionable.
See editorial and video by Lawrence Lessig below.
"Institutional corruption does not refer to the knowing violation of any law or ethical rule. This is not the problem of Rod Blagojevich, or, more generally, of bad souls acting badly. It instead describes an influence, financial or otherwise, within an economy of influence, that weakens the effectiveness of an institution, especially by weakening public trust in that institution. (An economy of influence rather than the simpler system of influence to emphasize the reciprocal character of such influence, often requiring little or no direct coordination.) Boston Review — Lawrence Lessig: Democracy After Citizens United
This is excellent. Democracy after Citizens United | MIT World
"Personally, I question whether any of these approaches will work. The CU ruling established control over all three branches of government. The president and members of congress now know that they cannot be reelected without the financial support of corporations and special interest groups." Citizens United - One year later - Steven Rockford - Open Salon
"Corporate propaganda directed outwards, that is, to the public at large, has two main objectives: to identify the free enterprise system in popular consciousness with every cherished value, and to identify interventionist governments and strong unions (the only agencies capable of checking a complete domination of society by corporations) with tyranny, oppression and even subversion. The techniques used to achieve these results are variously called 'public relations', 'corporate communications' and 'economic education'." Alex Carey
Robert$ sold the government to the highest bidder. Also, if it was such a righteous decision, why was it 5-4?
Then how the hell does MSNBC get away with airing 24/7/365 Obama & Democrat political campaign ad?
Then you must be against collective bargaining for public sector unions too huh? After all they pure money into the democrat machine so these same dems can give them the contracts they want.
Then how the hell does Fox News get away with airing 24/7/365 a pro-GOP political campaign ad?
To NOT include Fox News with MSNBC is the above rant is disingenuous.
Colbert isnt done yet folks.
Sit back and watch the game play out.
He is going to make a mockery of the decision by showing Americans how it really works.
Do you have an opinion about any subject that is not based on the opinions of others you think are smarter than you are? Can you tell me what it is about the Citizens United decision, as it was actually written, that you disagree with personally? Or is all you have to go on what others have told you it does? Because I can guarantee that it does not do what either of those idiots you quoted says it does because corporations are still categorically prohibited from making political contributions to candidates.
He already proved it doesn't do what he thought it does, so how is he going to make a monkey out of anything?
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