On Thursday, May 24, Chad Kautzer led the fifth installment of his Occupy Economics teach-in series: Corporate Personhood, Democracy and Occupy.
Filmed by Gary Crabtree for Occupy Now TV
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.
View the previous teach-ins in the Occupy Economics series:
Part I: Occupy Economics 101
Part II: Capitalism, Foreclosures and the Politics of Responsibility
Part III: Class Conflict and the Occupy Movement
Part IV: The Occupy Movement as Ideology Critique