How two congressmen created the internet’s biggest names


There is a law of unintended consequences that, naturally, also applies to lawmaking itself: the prohibition on the sale of alcohol in the US from 1920-33, for example, led to a massive increase in organised crime: manna from heaven for gangsters. Or, to take another example, the first amendment to the US constitution guarantees freedom of speech. But in the Citizens United case of 2010, the US supreme court interpreted it as guaranteeing the freedom of corporations to spend as much money as they liked in support of political campaigns. Corporations, apparently, are legal “persons” entitled to the same rights as citizens (which led Lawrence Lessig, a noted US lawyer, to declare that he would only believe corporations were people when the state of Texas executed one)…

Read more : The Guardian, 08.01.2017