Capitalism V. Democracy Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution

ISBN-10: 0804791562
ISBN-13: 9780804791564
Edition: 2014
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Description: As of the latest national elections, it costs approximately $1 billion to become president, $10 million to become a Senator, and $1 million to become a Member of the House. Despite recent attempts at campaign finance reform, high-priced campaigns,  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 6/25/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

As of the latest national elections, it costs approximately $1 billion to become president, $10 million to become a Senator, and $1 million to become a Member of the House. Despite recent attempts at campaign finance reform, high-priced campaigns, superPACs, and the insatiable political influence machine have become the new normal in American politics. In Capitalism v. Democracy, Timothy Kuhner explains how skyrocketing elections costs, corporate political power, and the diminishing role of citizens of limited economic means has corrupted American democracy, turning it into a system of rule by and in the interest of the wealthy. Kuhner holds the Supreme Court responsible for instigating an often invisible turf war between the free market economy and democracy, exposing and documenting the extreme economic ideology in the Court that has polluted constitutional interpretation.Capitalism v. Democracy offers the key to understanding how corporations are now citizens, money is political speech, limits on corporate spending are a form of censorship, democracy is a free market, and political equality and democratic integrity are unconstitutional constraints on money in politics. Through the dynamic investigation of various court decisions, Kuhner shows how the Supreme Court has turned American democracy into a market in which average citizens lack political power. He exposes what it means for capitalism to govern democracy, and demonstrates why this design corrupts both politics and markets. Kuhner argues that nothing short of a constitutional amendment will limit the role of money in politics, which should be desired by those who wish to protect capitalism and preserve democracy.

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