Adam Winkler, "We the Corporations"

Adam Winkler, "We the Corporations"

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Adam Winkler discusses his book, "We the corporations", at Politics and Prose on 3/11/18.

The 2010 Citizens United decision, which held that political spending by corporations is a form of protected speech, struck many as a turning point for business. As Winkler shows in his history of “corporate civil rights,” corporations have been successfully fighting for the same rights as ordinary people since the colonial era. Drawing on original court records and news coverage as well as other historians’ analyses and interpretations, Winkler, a UCLA law professor and the author of Gunfight, starts with the Virginia and Massachusetts Bay Companies, then presents pivotal Supreme Court decisions such as Bank of the United States v. Deveaux, an 1809 case concerning the corporate right to sue, and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the 2014 case over religious rights. Winkler will be in conversation with Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

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