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Published on Jun 1, 2012
May 24, Chad Kautzer led the fifth installment of his Occupy Economics teach-in series: CORPORATE PERSONHOOD, DEMOCRACY AND OCCUPY. Corporate Personhood, Democracy and The Occupy Movement.
The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United (2010) was a watershed moment in American political ideology, representing the ultimate triumph of the private power of capital in American politics. In this teach-in, we'll cover (1) the history of the corporation and the legal precedents that paved the way for Citizens United, (2) how an abstract, rights-based political and legal philosophy was capable of concluding that money equals speech and corporations are persons, and (3) why the concrete, democratic practices of Occupy represent an alternative political philosophy.