Episode

12/30 Best of 2014: Haley Sweetland Edwards: The Corporate “Free Speech” Racket

December 30, 2014

On today’s Best of 2014!

Time Magazine political Correspondent and former Washington Monthly Editor Haley Sweetland Edwards, explains the roots of corporate “free speech” rights, how the corporate sector sought opportunities to devolve Free Speech law, the corporate sectors attack on the NLRB, the role of the assault on organized labor, the “Free Speech” rights of corporations, higher and lower standards of scrutiny in legal decision making, how corporations are using speech law to undermine all government regulation, how corporations are dodging public disclosure, Ralph Nader’s unwitting role in expanding commercial corporate speech, does the First Amendment provide rights to people or does it include corporate speech? Where corporations want speech rights to go and the problem with free speech purism.

Also! The Majority Report tackles the racists who stopped a bus of refugee children in Murrieta, Louie Gohmert’s bizarre comparison of gays in the military to the ancient Greeks, a Libertarian calls in advocating for private militias and pro-bono lawyers to replace government (among other things!), and a story about Tea Party groups suckering their gullible followers out of money leads to a glorious appearance of Right Wing Mandela as he announces his new conservative group.

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