Should Corporations Have the Same Rights as People?

Corporations are artificial creations of the state and receive special protections from the state. Thus, claims attorney and author Jeff Clements, corporations should not have the same Constitutional rights as individuals even though some argue that they are simply organized associations of individuals.  In this interview with Michael Ostrolenk, Mr. Clements outlines his belief that many of the abuses of crony capitalism are allowed by corporations exploiting these illegitimate “rights.” He also exposes how tobacco industry attorney turned Supreme Court Justice, Lewis Powell, helped to spearhead the creation of a constitutional right to corporate “speech” which was recently strengthened by the Citizens United decision.  Read more about this issue (and buy his new book Corporations Are Not People) at Mr. Clement’s website

Do corporations and unions have Constitutional rights?

The U.S. Supreme Court in its Citizen United decision overturned the McCain-Feingold limitations on corporate financing of political ads saying that they violated corporations’ First Amendment rights to free speech.  In this podcast, Jeff Clements of  Free Speech for the People, tells host Michael Ostrolenk why he believes the decision was incorrect and that corporations should not be protected in the same manner as individuals.  Corporations are granted special powers by the government they should not be allowed to leverage into political power, states Mr. Clements.  He also details the Founding Fathers’ suspicions about government enabled concentration of power in corporations and tells listeners how they can learn more about the “People’s Rights Amendment.”