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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2021

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Media Availability: ACRU President Lori Roman

Corporatism Will Snuff Out Individual Rights

Unless We Stop It

Naples, FL American Constitutional Rights Union (ACRU) President Lori Roman has written an op ed which explains how, in the interest of promoting free markets, we might inadvertently be supporting corporatism, a form of economic totalitarianism where government and corporations collude to destroy individual rights.

According to Roman:

“It is bad enough when companies lobby to get public policy favors from politicians to crush their rivals, but when the private sector colludes with the government to limit the freedoms of individual Americans, it is time to fight back with every legal method we can find. Corporations may feel they have a pass to censor speech since the First Amendment was written to constrain government, but when the private sector conspires and colludes with the government, they have breached that divide and left themselves open to litigation.”

Just this week, thanks to a lawsuit by BuzzFeed, emails have surfaced strongly indicating Dr. Fauci and Facebook founder Jeff Zuckerberg were likely colluding to control and censor information on COVID-19. On March 15, 2020, Zuckerberg emailed Fauci suggesting they partner on COVID information. Within this email there is a portion that is redacted. Does Zuckerberg have a security clearance that would protect his communication to a government official from the public? It is more likely the redaction is hiding a First Amendment violation.

In a recent interview, Senator Cruz told Maria Bartiromo, “…these latest breakthroughs have real consequences because it is now clear that Facebook was operating at the direction of and in the direct benefit of the federal government and operating as the government censor, utilizing their monopoly position to censor on behalf of the government.”

This week, The ACRU took action in support of a lawsuit against Major League Baseball. It may seem like a stretch for a constitutional rights organization to get involved in a lawsuit against a private company, but it is part of growing pushback against corporations doing the bidding of government to control the political playing field to the detriment of Americans.

Not long ago, President Biden suggested that Georgia’s new voter integrity law was “Jim Crow on steroids” and he encouraged Major League Baseball (MLB) to move the All-Star Game away from Atlanta in protest. Less than 48 hours later, MLB did exactly that.

JCN is suing Major League Baseball (MLB) to force them to reverse their decision to move the MLB All-Star game from Atlanta. The American Constitutional Rights Union and our founding board member Attorney General Edwin Meese III filed an amicus brief in support of JCN.

Are MLB owners doing the bidding of leftist government officials who maintain that voter identification is racist? At the moment, there is no way of knowing whether there was any discussion between government officials and MLB executives, but the lawsuit by Job Creators Network (JCN) against MLB could expose the truth.

The rise of corporatism, or economic totalitarianism, should cause conservatives to rethink their knee-jerk defense of corporations. Whether we lose our liberties because of government actions or corporate actions they may still disappear forever. It is time to fight back.

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American Constitutional Rights Union, a non-partisan, non-profit public policy organization dedicated to defending the constitutionally protected civil rights of all Americans.