Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution

  • 9/22/2014 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market ConstitutionTimothy K. Kuhner is an associate professor of law at Georgia State University. He graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1998, where he was awarded highest honors in sociology and the Romance Languages Prize.

He will discuss his new book, Capitalism v. Democracy. As of the latest national elections, it costs approximately $1 billion to become president, $10 million to become a Senator, and $1 million to become a Member of the House. High-priced campaigns, an elite class of donors and spenders, superPACs, and increasing corporate political power have become the new normal in American politics. In Capitalism v. Democracy, Timothy Kuhner explains how these conditions have corrupted American democracy, turning it into a system of rule that favors the wealthy and marginalizes ordinary citizens. Kuhner maintains that these conditions have corrupted capitalism as well, routing economic competition through political channels and allowing politically powerful companies to evade market forces. The Supreme Court has brought about both forms of corruption by striking down campaign finance reforms that limited the role of money in politics. Exposing the extreme economic worldview that pollutes constitutional interpretation, Kuhner shows how the Court became the architect of American plutocracy.

Kuhner teaches courses on international law, comparative law, human rights, campaign finance and alternative dispute resolution. In 2014, Kuhner received two awards for his scholarship: the Patricia T. Morgan Award and the Provost's Faculty Fellowship Award. He received his J.D. and LL.M., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law in 2004. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. 

More information about his book can be found here: