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“The truth is that the First Amendment was not meant to protect commercial free speech and that commercial free speech today is often the enemy of private speech. What change to dgrass-roots public health groups have agsint the huge assets and political power of the tobacco, alcohol, junk food, diet and other such industries? How can someone be elected to office who can’t afford advertising to counter the mudslinging of special interest groups?

These days our public policies often reflect our evasion of connection and of committed relationships – our short-term solutions, our abandonment of the poor, disabled, and mentally ill, our refusal to provide basic health care for everyone, even children, our dismissal of workers’ rights, and our eagerness to imprison and execute people when tehy are adolescents or adults as opposed to investing in programs that would help them while they are children.”

– Jean Kilbourne, Can’t Buy My Love


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