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The minority report

Here is Justice Stevens’ core argument against his five colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court, each of who believes corporations are legally equivalent to citizens, as laid out in the dissenting opinion in Thursday’s ruling on Citizens United vs the Federal Election Commission. The basic premise underlying the Court’s ruling is its iteration, and constant…

By ruling that corporations are entitled to exercise unrestricted political speech, the U.S. Supreme Court has just made it much more difficult for Americans to make the transition from a fossil-fuel-based economy to a clean-energy economy. Most democracies, including, until this morning, the U.S., recognize the danger of giving corporations free rein to influence the…