Opinion: Brazil’s Citizens Re-United

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) has just dared do what the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) did not dare to do: stand up to Big Business. In an 8-3 vote, STF declared that a law permitting companies to make political contributions, whether to parties or to candidates, was unconstitutional.

Hallelujah! Unlike SCOTUS, a majority of STF Justices figured out that corporations do not actually vote, they simply buy votes through contributions to political campaigns; the votes they buy are typically those of politicians who support their “business” objectives.

These “business” objectives . . .

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