Monday, October 18, 2010

Anonymous Political Speech

I’ve argued before that we should worry a lot about the influence of money on the political process when it clandestinely shapes the menu of options that are put before the electorate, and not very much about money that’s used to finance political speech—even when the source of the financing is undisclosed. I can’t see how hearing anonymous or pseudonymous speech impairs the autonomy of voters. And it can convey information that makes voting preferences a more accurate expression of the voter’s real interests and ideals.

In this respect, the folks over at Reason TV and I are on the same page (click on image to enlarge):

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