Alexander Schmidt

SPIRIT OF THE LAW:  Incentivizing Benefit-Corporations Should Be A Mid-Terms Issue
Features, Law and Politics, National

SPIRIT OF THE LAW: Incentivizing Benefit-Corporations Should Be A Mid-Terms Issue

Large for-profit corporations are necessary in modern American society. They employ large numbers of people. They produce goods and services with cost-reducing efficiencies that are not achievable by individuals or smaller enterprises. But the benefits provided by powerful corporate interests should not cause voters or elected officials to disregard the detriments they bring.

The Inevitable Benefit-Corporation Revolution Is Coming!
Education, Features, Law and Politics, National

The Inevitable Benefit-Corporation Revolution Is Coming!

The philosophical “Idea of Progress” holds that progress is inevitable. Critics of the theory maintain that advances in technology and historical changes in forms of government have not always resulted in social progress. Concededly, social progress has not been linear, as reactionary forces—those vested in the status quo or who fear change inconsistent with their…

SPIRIT OF THE LAW:  Should Officials be Allowed to Arrest People for Engaging in Free Speech?
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SPIRIT OF THE LAW: Should Officials be Allowed to Arrest People for Engaging in Free Speech?

Federal courts are divided over whether a police officer or government official can be sued for arresting someone merely for exercising their right to free speech. Several courts have created a legal barrier to such suits that makes it almost impossible for wrongly arrested citizens to prevail, even if there is overwhelming evidence that the arrest…

Law and Politics, National, New York

Spirit of the Law: How to Limit Corporate Greed’s Impact on Workers

My earlier columns (August 1 and 14, 2017) argued that we can reduce corporate greed to societally-optimal levels by amending laws that govern corporate behavior.  Rethinking corporate managers’ fiduciary duty to maximize profits would enable lawmakers to minimize the profit motive’s downward impact on laborers’ wages, rights and well-being.  “We the people” chartered corporations into existence…

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