Top News, Articles, and Interviews in Philosophy

Corporations & Cancellation: Speech (Money)

Philosophy News image
Corporations such as Coca Cola, Delta and Major League Baseball condemned Georgia’s restrictive voter laws and some even took action by taking their business out of the state. This angered Senator Mitch McConnell and he warned corporations to “…stay out of politics.” Unironically, he hastened to add that this does not include political contributions. McConnell went on to threaten corporations, asserting that they are acting like a “woke parallel government.” While Republicans are advancing the narrative that the out-of-control left is pushing cancel culture, Republicans are urging consumers to boycott these companies to pressure them into changing their behavior. They are also calling for state legislatures to punish these companies with the coercive power of the state. Somewhat ironically, the call has been to roll back the special tax breaks that the Republicans worked so hard to provide their corporate sponsors. Some might accuse the right and McConnell of being inconsistent. On the one hand, this does have some plausibility. After all, when the right attacks what they call “cancel culture” they profess to value free expression and contend that the left is acting wrongly by coercing corporations into doing their bidding. Alternatively, they accuse the corporations of being woke and imposing their values on others and thus presumably impose on consumer choice by restricting products or changing brands. But McConnell is explicitly threatening corporate people with the coercive power of the state. Republicans profess to accept that corporations are people, that they thus have free speech rights, and that money is speech. As such, this would seem to directly violate their professed principles: they are the ones trying to cancel free speech. McConnell also seems to explicitly advance two inconsistent views: that corporations should stay out of politics while they keep making political contributions.  But that would appear to be impossible: campaign contributions are. . .

Continue reading . . .

News source: A Philosopher's Blog

blog comments powered by Disqus