To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cruise Control

However, the American polyarchy has suffered more than most; in the United States, plutocracy is out of control.

Of the many reasons why, perhaps the most important is the inability of the American state to limit political spending.  The Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens’ United ruling nowadays gets all the attention, and it deserves all the blame it gets. It should be remembered, however, that this is only the latest in a series of Supreme Court decisions, going back at least to Buckley v. Valeo in 1976, that effectively identify political spending – and therefore political corruption – with Constitutionally protected speech.--AL

On plutocrats and the rise of the oligarchs.

Be sure to read the material Levine has referenced from the New Yorker, which is reflective of what happens in every election now as the war among the elites is ignited by big money.

More than the Russians influencing or corrupting American politics, this is where the real investigations should begin.

Alas, that would be political suicide for anyone wanting to hold on to even the rudimentary power of a seat in the House of Representatives.


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