Today we talk about the effects on democracy of the recent Supreme Court ruling defending corporate free speech and allowing them to make political advertisements and films with no limitations. We discuss the nuances of the ruling and some of the more and less obvious effects it may have on the democracy, and digress on some other interesting political subjects and talk about what we can do about it.
This ruling will do more than just add more corporate money to the political process, it will also change the way corporations exert political power in the public dialogue. We discuss some of those factors, including the possibility that politicians will feel pressure to support the policies and use the talking points corporations insert in independent advertisements in their favor, to a certain extent bypassing their control over their own message.
Take Back Talking Points is a collaborative progressive talk show featuring myself, Zach (FeelFreeToArgue), and Brendon (Funkalunatic).
View the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.