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Speaking of which, I’ll publish a longer post on this later but a recent op-ed by Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe caught Victor’s attention but he was too busy to respond. [For those without a Boston Globe subscription, you can see the full Jacoby article on the Jewish World Review website here.] So I took up the mantle but decided to submit a letter to the editor before publishing the rebuttal here. Well, as it turns out, the Globe thought it was worth publishing in full (with minor edits) so The Gazette wound up with its first mention in the mainstream press last week. You can read a transcript of the letter below the page scan.
To the Editor,
It’s ironic that Jeff Jacoby, in his Feb. 27 op-ed (“Why the fuss on Citizens United?”) accuses liberals of hyperventilating when his thesis includes dire warnings against adopting a constitutional amendment abolishing corporate rights. Using Professor Kent Greenfield’s paranoid analysis, Jacoby raises the specter of a series of dire consequences that are all patently absurd.
Requiring individuals to pray would be a violation of the establishment clause. Prohibiting criticism by press outlets would be a violation of the individual author’s press right, which the company can assert by proxy, a well-established principle in law. And seizing Google’s servers without a warrant would violate the 4th Amendment rights of Google’s customers with information on those servers. Institutions do not require civil rights to protect individual liberties.
Lastly, the 13th and 14th Amendments expanded individual liberty specifically by limiting the power of state institutions to freely violate the rights of former slaves. Limiting the privileges of powerful, immortal private institutions has the same effect. We are expanding individual liberties, and yes that comes at the expense of institutional hegemony. That’s the whole point. Libertarians should be proud to support the People’s Rights and We The People Amendments in Congress.
Managing Editor, The Amendment Gazette
Move To Amend Law & Research Committee