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and that about wraps it up for democracy in the U.S.

Taking Citizen's United to the next level, SCOUTS rules 5-4 that capping the amount of influence one can buy in politics is unconstitutional. So much for the last shreds of the American experiment in democracy. The only question now is whether 99% of us can eke out a living as rats in the wainscotting of the ruling class, or whether we manage to sneak out in the middle of the night and eat them, or if they exterminate us -- with continuing advances in tech, once machines start making machines what need have the 1% of the working classes?

SCOTUS Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Donor Limits in Citizens United Sequel (Slate Magazine)

The Supreme Court is out this morning with its big ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which court watchers had billed as everything from the "blockbuster money-in-politics case of the current term" to a "sort of sequel to Citizens United," via Politico:

The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that caps on the total amount of money an individual can give to political campaigns and PACs are unconstitutional.

The court's Republican-appointed justices joined in overturning the so-called aggregate limits on the grounds that they violated the First Amendment. Democratic appointees dissented and said the limits were constitutional as a means to guard against corruption

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