Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Slippery Slopes And Political Speech
The title sort of says it all, doesn't it? There is one again talk in the air of regulating the free speech of corporations. Shocking? Only in it's patent stupidity. I'm no big corporation sycophant but I am able to see how these arguments tend to play out. Legally corporations aren't complex, they're a voluntary association working towards a common goal, usually under some sort of charter or other legal document. The fun comes when you consider how a law regulating political speech by a corporation can be expanded on. Anyone remember RICO laws? Their the most obvious example but there are plenty of laws concerning conspiracy or action as a group that would make it easy for someone to say "this group is a corporation" for no other reason than differing political viewpoints. Consider something before you demand a group silenced by new government powers.... what happens when the other side gets the big stick? If you are a ring wing radio nut maybe you shouldn't call for NPR's broadcast license to be revoked. If you are an Occupier try to tone down the bitching about the Tea Partiers. A debate was never made more civil by bringing police forces in to it, it just turns things in to a bigger tug of war.