Friday, January 22, 2010

Democracy, we hardly knew ye:

Watch this video below, but I also have a few thoughts.
Let's be clear, an opposite ruling would not have been a strike against business or corporations, but in fact a much needed check. If that.
In this 21st Century, "the corporation" wields far to much power in the USA. When they act in their own self interest, it is most likely not in the interest of the country at large, the community, employees and often not even in the interest of their stockholders. And this decision makes this behavior even more dangerous. It in fact creates a situation that is the very opposite of democracy.
Imagine a world where polluters are now in control of the EPA. Or where brokers are running the SEC. We have come very close to that in the last decade as is, given the appointments to oversight organizations. But this ruling can take us even further.
The very struggle and state of the USA right now per the economy and one could argue our wars, lie right at the feet of power in the hands of very few. And that's prior to the Roberts Court and their decision. This is no new struggle. we've been struggling with the concentration of power in the world for quite some time as well as living with those consequences. A new blow was struck at the heart of democracy this week.

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Tom Harper said...

Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse...

This SCOTUS ruling is a classic example of when the light at the end of the tunnel turns out to be an oncoming train.

Mike V. said...

It's actually quite alarming. Though even more alarming is the fact that no one is talking about it..