In this classic episode of Wine, Women, and Revolution, Heather interviews constitutional scholar Adam Winkler. They talk The Supreme Court, corporate personhood, and how things got this bad. In the US, we talk a lot of the makeup of the supreme court, but one thing that is always a constant is how much the court sides with corporations. Heather and Adam discuss why he wrote his book “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights”
Adam Winkler became interested in corporate person-hood after the 2010 Supreme Court “Citizens United” decision. This case granted “free speech” to corporations much the same as it applies to people. In particular, Citizens United allowed corporations to spend unlimited money in the political arena. Professor Winkler wondered about the history of corporate person-hood in the US. Specifically, he set out to excavate the history of court cases that led to this decision.