Forum Post: The courts give corporations unlimited free speech with money, but tents are not free speech for protesters?
Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 15, 2011, 6:48 p.m. EST by thezencarpenter
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The courts took a liberal view on free speech rights for fictional entities such as corporations, lobby groups, and unions giving them unlimited free speech rights (money) in the citizens united case. Putting aside the fact that the constitution never intended to give these rights to fictional entities, this decisions intends to broaden the limits of free speech (in this case money). Having said that, could the court today (11/15/2011) have taken a similar broad view pertaining to the use of tents in this protest as an image or statement of what this protest is partly about, not unlike a company or lobby group would be allowed to make their voice heard using their newly acquired, unlimited exposure buying (unlimited) bill boards, air time, etc.? Does anyone see a double standard here?
My support goes out to these determined people, I'm with you in spirit.