Thursday, November 24, 2011

Robert Reich: “We Need To Occupy Our Democracy”

Robert Reich, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley and secretary of labor under Clinton, addresses the brutal response across the country to those speaking out against officially sanctioned corruption. Reich touches upon the Supreme Court’s lifting of all corporate campaign spending limits and the absurd concept of “corporate personhood.” While those who protest are treated as nuisances, it is “the tsunami of big money into politics” that "[makes] it almost impossible for the voices of average Americans to be heard...” Unlike Wall Street and big corporations, we don’t have the money to decisively influence elections and buy off politicians. Reich concludes, “All we have is our ability to peacefully assemble... …our democracy is increasingly being taken over by big money, and that’s wrong. Demonstrating to take it back is the essence of free speech in a democratic society. We need to occupy our democracy.” Watch:


Michael The Molar Maven said...

When did the courts decide that contributions of money is a manifestation of free speech?

Jeff Tone said...

Excellent question. This decision is actually profoundly anti-democratic. Those who have big money have more say in policy than those who don't. Is it equitable that the Koch brothers have more say than you or I and are able to buy off politicians to do their bidding because they're billionaires?