I'm writing in regard to the Supreme Court ruling that corporations, no less than human beings, have the right under the First Amendment to express political points of view by equating money to free speech.
The judgment ignores the fact that corporations lack the range of feeling or values that define what it is to be human.
Humans can act against their self-interest. Corporations' only purpose is to produce wealth, with the social consequences downplayed and disregarded. Ethics in capitalism is optional and to assume morality in the marketplace is to commit a categorical error.
A short list of cheat and deceit includes Enron, accounting fraud; BP, worker safety in Macondo well fire and explosion; Walmart, bribery scandal; News Corp, hacking scandal; and Barclays, interest-rate manipulation.
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The single-minded pursuit of profit in an unbridled free market is antithetical to Christian ethics and democratic values, which require consideration of the interest of others.
The court's decision ensured a tremendous infusion of cash into the political process purposely aimed at electing de-facto corporate lobbyists. Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion said, "This court now concludes that independent expenditures, including that made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or appearance of corruption." A stunning revelation.
Mickey Beary, Richland