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John Stossel: A Blow for Free Speech

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Posted on January 27 2010 11:30 am
I'm an Objectivist, a disciple of Ayn Rand since I was 15. Graduate of NBI (Nathaniel Branden Institute) 1964 I was a philosophy major @ NYU & dropped out to join the Marine Corps Served as a Combat Photographer in late 60's I've been writing for over 20 years.
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John Stossel just published an interesting new piece on The Atlasphere about the recent Supreme Court decision that the law forbidding corporations and labor unions to spend money on political speech before elections is unconstitutional.

“The intellectual contortionism and doublethink of many ‘progressives’ has rarely been displayed more plainly than now. Is all speech created equal, or is some speech less equal than others?”

From the commentary in the mainstream media, I thought there had been a coup d’etat in Washington.

The New York Times said what happened “strikes at the heart of democracy.”

The Washington Post quoted an authority who warned it “threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.”

No, not the Scott Brown victory. The media were upset because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that forbidding corporations and labor unions to spend money on political speech before elections is unconstitutional. A horrendous section of the abomination known as McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform. had bitten the dust. It was long overdue.

The case grew out of a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton that Citizens United, a nonprofit corporation, planned to show on cable television during the 2008 presidential primary season. The law said that was illegal. Read the entire article here…

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