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Tiffany Muller: The Court Ruling That Sold Our Democracy

Ten years after Citizens United, the damage is broad and deep — but we can still fix it.

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Laura Bonham: Citizens United vs. United Citizens — The Showdown of the Century

With the presidency of Donald Trump, the fusion of government and corporate rule is complete. When the US Supreme Court decided in favor of the plaintiff in the Citizens United … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Eliza Newlin Carney: The GOP’s Big Problem Is Big Money

Republican leaders are reeling from their primary loss in Alabama and the demise of their health-care bill, but they have only themselves — and their big donors — to blame. … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: The Real Threat to American Sovereignty

“Without a border, we just don’t have a country,“ Donald Trump says repeatedly. For him, the biggest threats to American sovereignty are three-dimensional items that cross our borders, such as … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brennan Center for Justice: Dark Money Surges in Local Elections

Summary of a Report by Chisun Lee, Katherine Valde, Benjamin T. Brickner, Douglas Keith June 26, 2016 Dark money spending — together with a new phenomenon we’ve identified as “gray … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: America Looks in the Mirror and Sees Donald Trump

No doubt about it, Donald Trump represents a great tragedy and a threat for the American political system. But in spite of the GOP’s feigned reaction of horror to Donald, … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

Chris Hedges: Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism

Sheldon Wolin, our most important contemporary political theorist, died Oct. 21 at the age of 93. In his books “Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism” and … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jimmy Carter: The US is an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery

Former President Jimmy Carter said July 28 on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

Deirdre Fulton: Dozens of Communities Vote to Boot Big Money from Politics

Huge margins back up claim that ‘nearly all Americans share the sentiment that corporations should not have the same rights as people’ – Citizens in dozens of communities voted overwhelmingly … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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