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.

Rick Perry at the Texas GOP convention in 2014
July 22, 2014 | On Democracy

In its official 2014 platform for Texas, the GOP has gone for the chimerical bucket list of the extreme right instead of trying out real solutions to address real problems. Continue reading

Monty Python Receiving a Standing Ovation at the End of the Show. 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena, London, Britain - 01 Jul 2014 Celebrities joined an audience of 14,000 people to watch the surviving members of comedy troupe Monty Python perform together in the UK for the first time in more than 40 years this evening Stars including comedian Stephen Fry and screenwriter Richard Curtis packed into The O2 arena in London for the first night of the eagerly awaited, multi-million pound show. Many members of the audience even dressed as characters from the comedy sketch show, with some wearing handkerchiefs on their heads to look like Gumbys. (Rex Features via AP Images)
July 14, 2014 | On Democracy

A nostalgic London trip for fun reminds that the power of money in politics corrupts both our democracies. Continue reading

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. answers questions from reporters on President Obama's jobs bill, the debt reduction supercommittee and the economy, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 30, 2014 | Blog

Insider information passed between Washington and Wall Street helps the already-powerful at our expense. Continue reading

College Community Shooting
May 31, 2014 | On Democracy

The same story unfolds around each new mass shooting. When will the cycle be broken? Continue reading

Seaman Daniel Odoi of the Navy Operational Support Center of New York City presents the American flag during a Memorial Day wreath laying at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, Monday, May 27, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
May 25, 2014 | On Democracy

The holiday makes the news of abuses and preventable deaths in the veterans medical system even more poignant. Continue reading

FCC Headquarters
Updated July 16, 2014 | On Democracy

Speak up. You have a chance to tell both President Obama and the FCC what you think, so that the will of the people, not the power of money and predatory interests, is heard.
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Three NJ Taco Bell restaurants linked to E Coli outbreak (AP Photo)
April 29, 2014 | On Democracy

Our tax dollars are subsidizing both the fast-food workers who need the help and the companies’ CEOs who don’t. Continue reading

JP Morgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein leave the White House in Washington following a meeting between chief executives and President Barack Obama. March 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 21, 2014 | Blog

An increasing body of research shows the government serves only the wealthy. When money talks and you have none, how can you believe in democracy? Continue reading

From left, Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President David Cohen, Time Warner Cable Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Arthur T. Minson, Jr., Public Knowledge President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Kimmelman,  Back9Network Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James L. Bosworth, Jr., Spot On Networks Chief Executive Officer Richard Sherwin, and University of Pennsylvania Law professor Christopher S. Yoo, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Examining the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger and the Impact on Consumers."  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 9, 2014 | Blog

All members of the Senate committee reviewing the merger that are up for reelection this year have profited from Comcast or Time Warner contributions. Continue reading

Visitors tour the Bombardier Global Express XRS corporate jet during the Asian Aerospace Show in Hong Kong. March 2011. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

Plutocrats keep comparing progressives to Nazis. What’s up with that? Continue reading

Tony Benn death
March 17, 2014 | Blog

An outspoken and eloquent advocate of democracy and socialism leaves the stage. Continue reading

Illustration from the March 2014 cover of Harper's Magazine, by Tim Bower
February 25, 2014 | Blog

This week’s cover story in Harper’s is a blistering critique of Democrats and the left. Moyers & Company senior writer Michael Winship outlines the debate between those trumpeting a progressive resurgence within the Democratic party and those lamenting liberalism’s death. Which side are you on? Continue reading

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, for a hearing on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 10, 2014 | Blog

As Congress cuts programs that help the poorest Americans, a new study shows that, for the first time, the majority of its legislators are millionaires. Continue reading

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
December 23, 2013 | Blog

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations is being eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation and bureaucracy. Continue reading

NRA president Charlton Heston holds up a musket as he tells the 5,000 plus members attending an NRA annual meeting in Charlotte, NC, in May, 2000, that they can have his gun when they pry it "from my cold dead hands." (AP Photo/Ric Feld)
December 16, 2013 | Blog

The grim Newtown anniversary reminded us of the moment when Charlton Heston made his boast that gun control advocates would have to pry his rifle from his “cold, dead hands.” Continue reading

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