Prof. Ronald Colombo on the Unintended Benefits of Corporate Free Speech

The Unintended Benefits of Corporate Free Speech
Ronald J. Colombo
Huffington Post
April 5, 2010

Much ink has been spilled over the merits of Citizens United v. FEC – the Supreme Court’s recent opinion extending First Amendment protections to corporate (and labor union) political speech. Some herald the decision as a victory for liberty – others see the decision as a setback for democracy. Few, however, appear to be considering the importance of the decision from another angle: its effect on the very nature of corporations themselves. I suggest that in the long run, the impact of Citizens United could have positive effects not currently envisioned.

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