Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Lesson for France

Tocqueville believed that the future of democracy could be divined by studying the United States and that France could profit from the lesson. If so, the French may want to pay attention to the candidacy of Murray Hill, a public relations firm in Silver Spring, Maryland. Corporations have long been "moral persons" in the United States, and the Supreme Court has now ruled that they have the same rights as real persons when it comes to funding political campaigns. Murray Hill has taken the next step: le don de sa personne (morale) à la nation, to borrow a phrase from Pétain.

Until now, corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence-peddling to achieve their goals in Washington," the candidate, who was unavailable for an interview, said in a statement. "But thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves. (h/t TexExile)


Leo said...

These guys are Marxists (tendance Groucho).

Thanks to Tex-exile for bringing that to your attention. Made my day.

Anonymous said...

What remains to be discovered is a way to circumvent Art 1, Section 2 of the Constitution -- Murray Hill should be at least 25 years of age and a citizen for at least seven years to qualify as a representative. Alas, Murray is just approaching 5 (founded 2005).

There are other unexplored possibilities to explore here, including product placement in political advertisements and broadcasts and direct corporate sponsorship of candidates (cut out the middleman -- the political party).

Given the low esteem in which both US parties are held by the public these days, it's hard to imagine any corporate brand that would not be less toxic than a major party label. Plus, it would make the broadcasts of congressional hearings on C-Span far easier to interpret ('The chair recognises the right honorable representative from Monsanto...').


(posting as 'Anonymous', since I've been frozen out of my account for weeks now and can't be bothered to create a new one...)