Published on May 17, 2010 | by LawNews
Prof. Daniel Greenwood Responds to Ronald Dworkin in Dissent Magazine
Ronald Dworkin begins his critique of Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that declares that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend corporate funds on election campaigns, by stating that corporations are “only fictitious persons created by the law.” Dworkin is quite correct that the Citizens United opinion is an attack on democratic self-rule as we know it.
But our major multinational business corporations are not “fictitious”. They are quite as real as any institution that dominates our lives. They are enormously wealthy and powerful bureaucratic institutions, making decisions that affect our lives in vital fashion, and, if we do not get control of them, they threaten to destroy our very ecosystem in a fossil-fueled gust of hot air.