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In Citizens United, Justice Anthony Kennedy musters James Madison in support of a decision striking down congressional efforts to limit corporate electioneering. Whatever the merits of the opinion itself, Kennedy confused his Founding Fathers. In a Liberty and Power lecture (PDF) delivered at the University of Alabama Law School on Thursday, I take a look at Madison’s attitude towards corporations and the potentially corrupting influence they might have on the political process, relying on a significant essay by Madison that Harper’s Magazine uncovered and published in March 1914.
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”