Glenn Greenwald discusses the reaction to Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision on corporations having personal and First Amendment Rights.

But the speech restrictions struck down by Citizens United do not only apply to Exxon and Halliburton; they also apply to non-profit advocacy corporations, such as, say, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, as well as labor unions, which are genuinely burdened in their ability to express their views by these laws. I tend to take a more absolutist view of the First Amendment than many people, but laws which prohibit organized groups of people — which is what corporations are — from expressing political views goes right to the heart of free speech guarantees no matter how the First Amendment is understood.

These are rocky times; if I could figure out how to get the heck out of Dodge I would be on that boat tomorrow. But right now, I’ve got health issues and people issues and anxiety issues, and I can’t see how to muster up anything resembling the strength to go. I’m probably a fool, but then I have never shown a tendency to let that bit of self-knowledge stop me from making the wrong decision. I hope Greenwald is right. But doesn’t he live in Brazil, or something?

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