Free Speech for Corporations
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 6 October 2013, Question 1
I answered a question on free speech for corporations on Philosophy in Action Radio on 6 October 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Do corporations have free speech rights? Many leftists (including left-libertarians) are vehemently opposed to the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision, which recognized that corporations have the right to speak in elections. Do corporations have rights? What would it mean for corporations not to have rights? Should corporations be considered "persons" under the law?
My Answer, In Brief: Corporations are just groups of people organized in a corporate form — and they retain all the rights of those people, including the right to free speech.
- Duration: 13:55
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