A nice piece of analysis by Trevor Burrus on the recent Citizens United Supreme Court decision on campaign finance regulation. Says Burrus,
My contribution to this set of commentary focuses more on how the case, and the debates around campaign finance in general, puts into sharp relief disagreements fundamental to political ideologies.
He concludes with this important point:
The only solution to this quagmire of self-interested political zealotry is free speech, in the most hearty meaning of the term. As the founders were well aware, both sides have interests in controlling the information and both sides will grab for the power ring if it is held out to them. I mean, if you just know you're right why should you let anybody waste their time on the wrong? Why indeed.