In re trespassing and soliciting laws in the state of Ohio:
An angry business owner just called, asking for my boss, who is not in today. The business owner was disgruntled with the return of our petitioners to the venue of his business and the “harassment” of his customers. Business owners have the upper hand over free political speech in the state of Ohio, in spite of it being ruled again and again as the most protected form of free speech. Due to the increasingly insular nature of society and the development of laws granting property rights unto businesses, it has become increasingly difficult in an already strenuous political environment for citizen-led initiatives, not unlike the one for which I (formerly) work(ed) to get ballot recognition. I believe that businesses, being a non-corporeal entity, are not entitled to the same rights as people and accordingly are not entitled to use these rights as businesses to disparage the rights of individuals.
Political speech is being stifled in our country and I would argue that it comes as a direct result of the greater corporatization of the society. Businesses are allowed to strong-arm individuals in the name of the free market, the free (but not necessarily fair) exchange of good amongst the modes of production and consumption. Discourse is being discouraged in the name of profit and the result is two-fold: as mentioned earlier, there is a greater insularity of individuals in today’s society (to wit, it is ironic for someone who posts on an internet weblog to say that) and with greater drive to satisfy the material desires, there is less emphasis placed on intelligent discussion and general apathy grows from that.
Just my thoughts.