Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thom Hartmann: American Democracy No Longer Works

Thom Hartmann states that thanks to 40 years of Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United, the power of the wealthy to fund campaigns has resulted in the demise of a functioning American democracy. Instead, we live in an oligarchy in which politicians answer only to the will of their wealthy donors. He refers to a Princeton study that reached that conclusion, as well as Justice John Paul Stevens' dissent from Citizens United, in which he said that the ruling resulted in a cynical and disenchanted population and cowed politicians. Watch:

(h/t: Best of the Left Podcast)


Michael J. Mand said...

Money equals speech has always been a dangerous concept. Hartmann simply verbalizes the frustration of many Americans, which, in turn, may explain the relatively low voter turnout at each election.

Jeff Tone said...

Corruption certainly does increase apathy and cynicism.