Corruption in America - From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United-logo

Corruption in America - From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United

Zephyr Teachout

For two centuries, the Framers' ideas about political corruption flourished in the courts, even in the absence of clear rules governing voters, civil officers, and elected officials. In the 1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court began to narrow the definition of corruption, and the meaning has since changed dramatically. No case makes that clearer than Citizens United. In 2010, one of the most consequential Court decisions in American political history gave wealthy corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion treated corruption as nothing more than explicit bribery. With unlimited spending transforming American politics for the worse, Citizens United was not just bad law but bad history. Corruption in America clearly shows that if the American experiment in self-government is to have a future, then we must revive the traditional meaning of corruption and embrace an old ideal.

For two centuries, the Framers' ideas about political corruption flourished in the courts, even in the absence of clear rules governing voters, civil officers, and elected officials. In the 1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court began to narrow the definition of corruption, and the meaning has since changed dramatically. No case makes that clearer than Citizens United. In 2010, one of the most consequential Court decisions in American political history gave wealthy corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion treated corruption as nothing more than explicit bribery. With unlimited spending transforming American politics for the worse, Citizens United was not just bad law but bad history. Corruption in America clearly shows that if the American experiment in self-government is to have a future, then we must revive the traditional meaning of corruption and embrace an old ideal.
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For two centuries, the Framers' ideas about political corruption flourished in the courts, even in the absence of clear rules governing voters, civil officers, and elected officials. In the 1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court began to narrow the definition of corruption, and the meaning has since changed dramatically. No case makes that clearer than Citizens United. In 2010, one of the most consequential Court decisions in American political history gave wealthy corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion treated corruption as nothing more than explicit bribery. With unlimited spending transforming American politics for the worse, Citizens United was not just bad law but bad history. Corruption in America clearly shows that if the American experiment in self-government is to have a future, then we must revive the traditional meaning of corruption and embrace an old ideal.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jo Anna Perrin

Length:

9h 36m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

31:10


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

46:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

45:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

39:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

44:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

37:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

57:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

35:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

32:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

27:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:38