Robert Reich continues to demonstrate that his blood never quite reaches his brain, from San Francisco Chronicle :
A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum: It was hijacked.
According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech, and corporations are now people.
Yet when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances – clubbed, pepper-sprayed, thrown out of public parks and evicted from public spaces.
Yet as Occupiers seek to make their voices heard about all this, they’re told the First Amendment doesn’t apply. When they peacefully assemble – erecting tents in public spaces – they’re attacked and evicted.
In Reich’s demented view, real people are not entitled to express their views, if they do so through a corporations, which are merely legal identities real people use to represent their interests.
On the other hand, Reich seems to think tents, but not ideas, represent free speech. There is another name for Reich’s particular concept of free speech, to wit public health hazard.