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Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Corporate Influence on Politics

Summary: Not only do corporations have direct influence on elections (money), but also more insidious forms of influence on politics through culture, media, and academia which, “subtly deform our sense of self and political imagination.” The final part of the teach-in is a critique of the proposed boycott of the 2012 elections and a more general discussion of how electoral politics and social movements interact.

Dr. Chad Kautzer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Denver.

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Occupy Economics, Part 5: Corporate Personhood, Democracy, and Occupy

Summary: Corporations are the Frankensteins of contemporary capitalism, acting as vehicles of capitalist class power. They are the modern Trojan horse that smuggles market logic and the private power of capital into democratic spaces and practices. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (2010) did not establish corporate personhood, but it did lift almost all limitations on corporate cash into electoral politics. This teach-in discusses the specifics of Citizens United, the history of the corporation and of corporate personhood, as well as the perverted logic of the Supreme Court’s decision in Buckley v. Valeo (1976), which ruled that money is political speech. It also takes up the radical individualism and rights-centric nature of political liberalism to demonstrate how liberalism’s abstract understanding of politics leads to corporate personhood. Finally, we see why Occupy is a democratic alternative to this form of politics.

Dr. Chad Kautzer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Denver.

Defend Our Homes…Protect Our Communities, Part 2

In 2007 rampant fraud in the mortgage industry triggered a financial crisis throughout the world economy. Within two years 7.5 million American workers lost their jobs and an attempt to cover their original crimes, the Banksters have fraudulently forced 15.5 million homes into foreclosure. Thousands across the country have joined together in the fight to save our communities. If you want to have a direct impact now, please join us for a panel discussion on out how to get into the fight.

Corrine Fowler –The Economic Justice Director at the Colorado Progressive Coalition. Corrine has gained an extensive knowledge from experience of how to fight foreclosures through Legislative and Direct Action.

Chad Kautzer – A philosophy professor who specializes in Social and Political Philosophy. Chad is active in Occupy Denver and has been giving teach-ins on the financial causes and Wall Street corruption that led to the foreclosure crisis.

Steven Bailey – The victim of a fraudulent foreclosure in which his family lost their home and livelihood. Steve offers the perspective of how these crimes are impacting the lives of the victims and how the Occupy movement will empower us to fight back.

Defend Our Homes…Protect Our Communities, Part 1

In 2007 rampant fraud in the mortgage industry triggered a financial crisis throughout the world economy. Within two years 7.5 million American workers lost their jobs and an attempt to cover their original crimes, the Banksters have fraudulently forced 15.5 million homes into foreclosure. Thousands across the country have joined together in the fight to save our communities. If you want to have a direct impact now, please join us for a panel discussion on out how to get into the fight.

Corrine Fowler –The Economic Justice Director at the Colorado Progressive Coalition. Corrine has gained an extensive knowledge from experience of how to fight foreclosures through Legislative and Direct Action.

Chad Kautzer – A philosophy professor who specializes in Social and Political Philosophy. Chad is active in Occupy Denver and has been giving teach-ins on the financial causes and Wall Street corruption that led to the foreclosure crisis.

Steven Bailey – The victim of a fraudulent foreclosure in which his family lost their home and livelihood. Steve offers the perspective of how these crimes are impacting the lives of the victims and how the Occupy movement will empower us to fight back.