Fee or Free Speech : Ask a Billionaire
There once was a nation that sought to free humanity and guarantee everyone the right to be express themselves no matter what their particular political, religious, or financial ideology. Then came a sudden court decision called (wealthy) Citizens versus the United States of America, and everything changed. Now, money could BUY one's opportunity to speak. All of a sudden corporations became persons, and exercised more speech rights than human persons. Corporate persons with strange names like Bloomberg LP. or Koch Industries Inc., had more vocal power than Charlie and Alice. These moneyed Corporate persons could out shout or silence any two legged humanoid, and indeed they did.
Despite the fact that these powerful Corporate persons lacked a face, there were others who directed these persons, who could BUY FREE SPEECH TIME in all phases of the mass media. They could also BUY the FREE expression of professors in hundreds of national universities, of high school instructors, and even of elementary school teachers, to express views to their students in subjects and obtain a mindset conformity coinciding with that of the Corporate person. All these Purchased faculty members would be FREE to instruct their unquestioning students regarding "the advantages" of a FREE MARKET and trickle-down economics.
These same Corporate Persons would then financially assist aspiring political newcomers who in turn would promote, "instruct and control", local government structures. Such FREE expression is supported by our Constitutional Rights and reinforced by (wealthy) Citizens v the United States, but it comes at a price that Charlie and Alice cannot afford. They always have the same Freedom to express their views, they just lack one thing, MONEY.
Today there are difficulties distinguishing between education and indoctrination. Under the letter of the Constitution all citizens are FREE to do either or both. The moral or ethical question presents something different. While students ought to be free to express themselves on their campus or at social meetings, all parties and points of views must be Free both to be expressed and heard. The presence of million dollar donations to educational institutions creating specific Chairs in Departments of Economics and Finance results in an unbalance in real FREE speech expression. The use of FEES to dominate the public platform, reduces FREE speech to a FEE purchased commodity.