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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.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Estimated cost of the environmental damage caused each year by the world’s 3,000 largest companies:
Two thirds of U.S. teenagers experience uncontrollable rage.
Beekeepers began extracting 1 million honeybees living beneath the siding of a house in New York State.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”