A joint interview of the two men is reported on by Sheldon Richman: What is American politics coming to? I just watched a joint interview with Ralph Nader and Rep. Ron Paul — and they were mostly on the same side! Nader has spent his life promoting government intervention in the economy. Paul has spent his life promoting the free market and minimal government. For the two of them to discuss making common cause is something extraordinary. And yet it makes total sense. What’s so exciting is that their common cause shines the spotlight right where it’s needed: on corporatism — the constellation of government policies that primarily benefit wealthy and well-connected business and banking interests at the expense of the rest of us. While much of the Right Wing sees the danger of the Obama administration in Marxism and state socialism, Paul and Nader realize that that makes no sense."
The Move to Amend’s Olympia chapter hosted a very successful panel discussion on Friday, the anniversary of Citizens United. We were fortunate to have on the panel Brendan Williams, former State Representative , Sandra Remero, also a former State Representative, Craig Salins, Executive Director of Washington Public Campaigns, and Roger Erskine, President of Center for Ethical Leadership. With over 100 in attendance, discussions lasted over two hours and even then, as the group disbanded and the chairs were stacked, groups continued private discussion. Photos of the event can be seen here:https://ciddeedefd5b4abc2e1.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/Photos%20of%20Citizens%20United%20Event%20Oly?Bsrc=Photomail&Bpub=SDX.Photos A theme of the evening was “get off the couch,” get active in working for democracy. As you’re reading this, you must be interested; use the “contact us” button on this page to get involved. Our group’s next activity is the follow-up presentation to the Olympia City Council answering the questions they posed to us following our initial presentation requesting that they endorse our efforts opposing the idea of corporate personhood. We’ll post that presentation here in the next few weeks. By the way, be sure to read The Nation, Jan 31 edition, for the excellent multi-page debate re Citizens United. And, yes, it is debatable; there are many who argue that that the court’s decision is consistent with free speech.
Thom Hartmann has a good overview of corporate personhood here: http://www.truth-out.org/wal-mart-is-not-a-person66831 Here is a brief quote “TheCitizens Uniteddecision, which empowers and elevates corporations above citizens, is not just a symbolic but arealthreat to our democracy, and only the will of We the People, exercised through a constitutional amendment to deny personhood to corporations, can slay the dragon the Court has unleashed.”