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CANCELLED: Money in Politics & What We Can Do About It - Part IV - Bethel U...
Thu, March 23, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
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An in-depth look corporate personhood and money as speech from historical, legal, economic, and political perspectives.
Part IV - Legal and Constitutional Implications
Professor Peter Teachout will help us understand and unpack the Supreme Court ruling in Citizen’s United. This ruling has received much attention by asserting that corporate persons are entitled to the same constitutional protections as natural persons and that money is speech.
Americans across the political spectrum are angry and fed up. Money and corporations have too much power and influence. This disenfranchises and disempowers the majority of Americans. It results in corruption of our government at all levels. Democracy has devolved into Plutocracy: rule by the wealthiest corporations and individuals. Students will come away with a sense of hope arising out of a renewed sense of citizenship and patriotism. Money in Politics and What We Can Do About It was developed as a 5 part series to address these issues.
D. Gene Kraus is a retired United Church of Christ pastor and an activist with a passion for lively discussion and engaging debate firmly grounded in mutual respect and personal integrity. Gene is an avid student of American Colonial history, the First Amendment, political science, and religious fundamentalism.
Peter Teachout is Professor of Constitutional Law at Vermont Law School in South Royalton.
Number of Sessions: There is one session remaining in this course:
Mar 30 - American Citizenship: A Call for Bipartisan Collaboration and Action with David Zuckerman, VT Lieutenant Governor
Disclaimer: This course is NOT antibusiness, anticorporation or antiwealth. It is a nonpartisan look at the corrupting influence of corporations and money in our politics and the role of citizens in combatting this corruption.
Restrictions or Requirements: Students must be willing to honor and respect the views of those whose views are different from their own. Persons of any and all political perspectives are invited and encouraged to attend. Let's engage one another in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.