The Next American Revolution

23 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2017 Last revised: 5 Dec 2017

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

On the whole, the scholarly literature does not go far enough in its understanding of money in politics and corporate political power — ultimately, the role of concentrated capital in democracy. The rising economic and political inequalities affecting the United States are not properly diagnosed as the excesses of a generally legitimate capitalist democracy in need, merely, of legal reforms. Rather, they are the symptoms of an overarching flaw in our political system that requires a revolution — a revolution of the non-violent, constitutional kind.

Action follows understanding. If the understanding of a problem is weak and superficial, the reform agenda will also be weak and superficial. It is true, as the call for papers states, that Supreme Court cases on money in politics “shift power to a new economic royalty.” Rather than an embellishment or exaggeration, however, this is actually the essential starting point for putting today’s plutocracy into its proper historical context, that of despotism, tyranny, and oppression.

Highlighting the thoughts of key historical figures, this essay has two purposes: first, to explore how revolutionary understandings can bring modern-day problems of economic and political inequality into sharper focus; and, second, to reveal the essential thrust of an enduring solution, a constitutional amendment to separate business and state.

Keywords: Democracy, Law, Constitution, Constitutional Amendment, Campaign Finance, Corporate Influence, Politics

JEL Classification: K19, K30, K39, P16, P10, Z18

Suggested Citation

Kuhner, Timothy K., The Next American Revolution (2017). Western New England Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2017; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3068813

Timothy K. Kuhner (Contact Author)

University of Auckland ( email )

Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

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