Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout ran for governor of New York State in 2014. She teaches constitutional and property law at Fordham University Law School. Her latest book, Corruption in America, is a history of the corrosive influence of money in politics.

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Google has established a pattern of lobbying and threatening to acquire power. It has reached a dangerous point common to many monarchs: The moment where it no longer wants to allow dissent. Views
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Google Is Coming After Critics in Academia and Journalism. It’s Time To Stop Them
About 10 years ago, Tim Wu, the Columbia Law professor who coined the term network neutrality, made this prescient comment : “To love Google, you have to be a little bit of a monarchist, you have to have faith in the way people traditionally felt about the king.” Wu was right. And now, Google has...
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Friday, May 12, 2017
Trump and the Art of the Lie
As a presidential candidate last year, Donald Trump said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” He didn’t shoot anyone, but proved that he could say whatever he wanted and still become president, without apology or explanation. This week, when...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
 Donald Trump Will Violate the Constitution on Day One
T hus far, the debate over Donald Trump’s refusal to sell his assets has focused on whether he might use his position to make himself even wealthier, in ways that most people would regard as corrupt. But earlier generations of Americans—including the founders of our country—would have seen his...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
6 Years of Citizens United
Six years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC . It is not a happy anniversary. I remember waiting for the ruling and opening it up on my computer: when I finally read it, I didn't want to believe that the Court had gone as far as it had and been so careless...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
10 Reasons I Support Bernie Sanders for President
I first saw Bernie Sanders speak in early November 1993, when I went to a brown bag lunch he held for voters in Montpelier, Vermont, a few days before NAFTA was passed. At that lunch, he explained how NAFTA would undermine workers rights, and American democracy. He turned out to be years ahead of...
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Will President Obama Leave a Failed Legacy on Secret Money in Politics?
President Barack Obama has said he ran for office because he believed "so strongly that the voices of ordinary Americans were being drowned out by the clamor of a privileged few in Washington." Obama's popularity among the Democratic base in '08 and '12 was due in large part to his seemingly...
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Monday, March 02, 2015
The Path to Freedom From Corruption Goes Through My State — And Your State
The system is rigged and broken. A small number of people have far too much political power in America. There is a clear way out, and it starts in the states. In the past, quick anti-corruption reform has started in the states. Until the late 19th century, ballots were mostly public, leading to...
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