What Lessig leaves out is that this is absolutely a partisan issue. One party in America actively wants minority rule. That's why voter suppression exists. In 2015, that party didn't have the Presidency. Democrats chase money because they have to, Republicans think money should have influence.
This is me nearly seven years ago
How about everybody start caring more about local politics and government. Tip O'Neil said "all politics is local." Everybody focuses on Washington, D.C., but ignores their local city council, which has more impact on their day to day lives. Progressives in the 19th and early 20th century made a huge impact because they initially focused on local issues.
Democrats chase money because they have to, Republicans think money should have influence.
I challenge you to back that up with any factual proof. As far as I've seen, seeing as how both the Republicans and Democrats both pander to Wall St. and the Corpocracy AND appoint their lackeys equally across administrations, there isn't a damn bit of difference as to how they are influenced.
Part of the decline in labor unions has to do with centrist Ivy League Democrats listening to businessmen and bankers who they assumed actually understood economies. However, Democrats in general believe in more government services for the general population, which by definition involves redistribution. Republicans tend to be more socially Darwinistic, and so they favor the already strong.
The 1980's declines were mainly Republican.
labor declined bc of offshoring, and the stacking of the NLRB, and subsequent rulings by same.
However we got here, NO federal candidate is without corruption because the system only functions as such. I'm not a fan of two party elections. In fact, i'd prefer no parties and marginal platforms with a better system for the public to speak. Perhaps returning our focus on local elections is a good start as Rob suggests. Afterall, that is where gerrymandeering and voter suppression began.
But, i DO believe that as long as $$$ = free speech, we will never again have free speech and uncorrupted elections. It's not just getting money out of politics. It's separating the concepts of "political access" and "money." They are now conflated.
One important element of current Republicanism that makes it so different from the Democrats was the religious evangelical infusion in the 80's, which now leads the party since Reagan.
This was a nationalistic movement carried out on a local, state by state campaign orchestrated by mega churches to take back the nation. Once upon eschewing government as NOT God's domain, they entered EVERY level of government in response to Roe vs Wade, gay rights, and women's equal rights.
The Democrats have no such exclusive internally unifying force. As kosher points out, labor unions were the closest thing that the Democrats had, which is why the newly empowered evangelical Republican movement knew they had to go...Along with many other socially liberal tenets.
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