Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Video: The Story of Citizens United v. FEC

The following video provides an excellent lesson on the main reasons for the corruption of our democracy: the concept of "corporate personhood,” in which corporations are given the rights of individuals, and the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision (2010), which rejected any corporate campaign spending limit. The latter decision, of course, is related to the fact that our elections are not publicly financed. These factors produced a system in which politicians are bought by corporations and the wealthy to do their bidding, regardless of the interests of the majority. The injustices and growing income inequality that result from such a system also gave rise to Occupy Wall Street. Watch:

(h/t: The Story of Stuff)

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