The so-called CAN SPAM act provides another shining example of how the GOP-controlled Congress stepped in and destroyed through preemption any consumer remedies
under state law, while at the same time making the federal law completely ineffective.
Suppression of consumer remedies
in the name of the free market has its roots in the Gilded Age, when the nation was ruled by what historian Richard Hofstadter so aptly dubbed the "grandiosely or corruptly rich." During the legal formalism period, a curious blend of natural law, social Darwinism, and laissez-faire economics legitimized the looting of America by plutocrats such as Jay Gould and Cornelius Vanderbilt.