On Democracy

“On Democracy” is a collection of essays co-written by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship that address issues integral to American life, politics, and culture. They’ll be focusing much of their attention on money’s corrosive influence on government and politics: who’s spending big bucks on contributions and lobbying — and to whom it’s going, as well as the monster impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that unleashed vast — and often anonymous — corporate and special interest dollars.

Cartoon from the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University depicting plutocrats with piles of money.
December 13, 2013 | BillBoard

Bill reflects on the class struggles he observed in the small East Texas town he grew up in and the modern-day class war waged by the wealthy on our democracy. Continue reading

Electrical conduits are installed overhead in a server room at Intergate.Manhattan, in New York, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The 32-story Intergate.Manhattan, once a Verizon facility, will house a one million square foot data center. The Seattle-based data storage company has renovated the building with electrical substations and backup generators above ground level to protect the facility from storm surge damage. The facility will greatly increase the city's computing infrastructure capacity. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
November 27, 2013 | Blog

With more espionage revelations every day, we have a lot to be thankful for. Continue reading

Enlisted military men carry the casket of John F. Kennedy up the center steps of the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 24, 1963. A sailor follows with presidential flag. An honor guard lines the steps.   (AP Photo)
November 20, 2013 | Blog

Our senior writer remembers President Kennedy’s assassination. Continue reading

Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen, left, and Liam Hemsworth portrays Gale Hawthorne in a scene from 'The Hunger Games.' (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close, File)
November 12, 2013 | Blog

This month’s food stamp cuts, and the additional cuts likely to come with a new farm bill, will have a devastating impact on the lives of millions of Americans. Continue reading

News Corp. headquarters in New York
October 25, 2013 | Blog

The fawning coverage of crony capitalists by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. does America a disservice. Continue reading

Virginia candidates for governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe (left) and Republican Ken Cuccinelli (right), talk during a forum at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., prior to the November election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
October 17, 2013 | Blog

In a governor’s race between a glad-handing Democrat and a self-righteous Republican, money wins. Continue reading

FILE - In this March 3, 2011 file photo, boneless pork loins sit waiting to be packaged at a local Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa.  The U.S. Department of Agricultureís Food Safety and Inspection Service will announce Tuesday, May 23, 2011, that it has lowered its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145 degrees. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
October 4, 2013 | Blog

ALEC is pushing the USDA to relax regulations on food safety that keep us from getting sick. Continue reading

Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the start of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave to Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner later invoked her constitutional right to not answer questions and was dismissed by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 30, 2013 | Blog

Mistakes were made and three investigations are ongoing, but ultimately this is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right wing politicians. Continue reading

U.S. Persident Richard Nixon poses in the White House after his announcement to the nation April 30, 1970 that American ground troops have attacked, at his order, a Communist complex in Cambodia. Nixon points to area of Vietnam and Cambodia in which the action is taking place. (AP Photo)
August 23, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship describes the Washington, D.C., he first encountered 45 years ago — a city very different from the one we know today. Continue reading

Congress Recess
August 16, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship says the only thing worse than a do-nothing Congress is one that yields “to the urgent, seductive whisper of the dollar.” Continue reading

A flag sits at the base of a flag pole at the site where 19 firefighters died battling an Arizona wildfire on June 30th is shown Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Yarnell, Ariz. As the fire grew out of control, the firefighters quickly worked to clear the area of scrub and brush hoping to endure the intense heat in their emergency shelters. (AP Photo/Matt York)
July 29, 2013 | Blog

A stalwart Congress is cutting Western firefighters’ lifelines despite the fact that they are “facing more extreme fire behavior than they have witnessed in their lifetimes.” Continue reading

A construction worker silhouetted against the morning sky builds a planned shopping center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
July 22, 2013 | Blog

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship reveal how the owners of capital wring even greater wealth from the sweat and sacrifice of workers, deepening America’s economic inequality. Continue reading

A young man sizes-up an assault style rifle during the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
June 28, 2013 | Blog

An ATF report revealing that guns are being lost at an alarming rate would be even more alarming if the gun lobby wasn’t so intent on keeping you in the dark. Continue reading

Las Vegas Metro Police officers stand outside the entrance to the Excalibur hotel-casino after a shooting left two dead, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
June 24, 2013 | Blog

Nevada’s just one of the states where the heavy hand of the gun lobby slaps down the majority. Continue reading

Pregame festivities are shown at AT&T Park before the final game of the World Baseball Classic between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
June 10, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship explains how even when baseball players, owners and stadiums win, hard-working concession workers lose. Continue reading

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