The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United and the impact it has had on increasing hyper-partisanship in the political landscape

Given the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United and the impact it has had on increasing hyper-partisanship in the political landscape, what can we– students of law, business-people, employers, employees, citizens, voters—do? The goal of this discussion is not to provide a definitive answer, but rather to explore the impact of this decision and its relationship to each of us. Your initial submission should discuss the case, its impact on business and politics, and whether (and how) we can change the atmosphere of hyper-partisanship. In addition, you should respond to at least two colleagues. Your response should be thoughtful and reflect upon the content of their submission.”

For full grade points on your discussion, your initial post must be submitted no later than end of the day on Thursday of the week and responses to at least two colleagues must be submitted by the end of the day on Sunday. Your initial post should be reflective of the discussion prompt and should reflect engagement in the content. Your responses should be at least 75 words in length and should contain more substance than “Yes” or “I agree.” Grades less than the full grade of 5 points will be issued if either the initial post is late, you respond to less than 2 students, or your initial post or response posts do not indicate thoughtful reflection on the material.

Learning Objectives

In this unit, we begin our two-week exploration of constitutional issues in the business realm by examining the Freedoms of Speech and Religion as they apply in the business context. By the end of this unit you will:

  • Be able to identify the laws pertaining to individual and corporate freedom of speech and religion
  • Understand federalism and the relationship between state and federal laws
  • Explore these constitutional issues in current events
  • Specifically explore the rights given to corporations to express political speech and how these rights have led to hyper-partisanship in our current political system
  • Reflect upon the role of business in the political system and whether and how any change should be adapted.

 

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