Democracy & Government

The importance of democracy and politics in our daily lives is a driving force behind our journalism, whether it’s an ongoing examination of the political engineering of inequality or exposing the revolving door of power and influence that spins individuals in and out of jobs in the public and private sectors. Below are a variety of programs and interviews that illustrate democratic principles and the ways in which they’ve come under fire and been defended. Be inspired, encouraged, and alarmed… but mostly be aware.

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Mike Lofgren
February 21, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren talks to Bill about America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Also, an exclusive essay on the Deep State, by Lofgren. Continue reading

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

In a must-read essay, former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren analyzes America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Continue reading

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman attends a leaders' retreat during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
February 20, 2014 | Blog

Million-dollar payouts were awarded once the banks knew the individuals were headed for the administration. Continue reading

In this Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, shoppers leave a Wal-Mart in Danvers, Mass. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 said it is realigning its U.S. operations in an effort to give more autonomy to executives in regional markets and reinvigorate U.S. growth.. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
February 20, 2014 | Blog

The retailer is weighing the low wages it pays its employees against declining sales caused by poor and middle-class customers struggling to buy the company’s cheap imports. Continue reading

Workers check VW Golf cars at the assembly line of the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, eastern Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)
February 20, 2014 | Blog

Volkswagen workers in Germany are considering how to respond to last week’s UAW vote in Tennessee. Labor leaders may block future expansion in the southern United States. Continue reading

Mike LofgrenCROPPED
February 20, 2014

This week, former GOP Congressional Analyst Mike Lofgren joins Bill to talk about what he calls our “deep state,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Businessman Tom Steyer listens during a meeting to announce the launch of a group called Virginians for Clean Government at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. The group was formed to explain the impact of CONSOL Energy not paying royalties to their family and neighbors as well as speaking out against Ken Cuccinelli's acceptance of $111,000 in CONSOL contributions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 19, 2014 | Blog

It’s the wealthy who hold the power to set the agenda. Continue reading

Political operative Sean Noble (Photo: dc-london.com, via ProPublica)
February 18, 2014 | Blog

The story of one Koch operative illuminates larger truths about how money changes both politics and the people who handle it. Continue reading

Faith Spotted Eagle, a Yankton Sioux, speaks in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, with Carl Hudson, Chief of the Southern Cherokee, right, awaits his turn to speak, during the U.S. State Department's sole public hearing in Grand Island, Neb., Thursday, April 18, 2013, to allow citizens to make their views known on the $7.6 billion Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
February 18, 2014 | Activism

Organizers are considering everything from vigils to civil disobedience to blockades to thwart the moving of construction equipment and the delivery of materials. Continue reading

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
February 18, 2014 | Blog

Civil rights for corporate “persons” often conflict with the public interest. Continue reading

comcast, net neutrality
February 17, 2014 | Blog

Michael Copps says if Comcast acquires Time Warner, consumers will lose out in the end, as they would if the FCC fails to respond to a recent court decision overturning the concept of Net neutrality. Continue reading

Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, left, announces that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the United Auto Workers union as Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, center, and Gary Casteel, UAW Region 8 Director, look on from behind, Feb. 14, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)
February 16, 2014 | Blog

In Tennessee, a fear campaign where working people have every reason to be afraid. Continue reading

Earns Comcast
February 15, 2014 | Blog

When it comes to media, bigger is not better. Continue reading

Married couple
February 14, 2014 | Blog

Those arrows aren’t hitting their lovelorn targets the way they once did. The reason? New research points to our growing economic divide. Continue reading

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February 14, 2014 | Blog

The activist and scholar says our broken system has a major impact on politicians’ priorities. Guess who the losers are? Continue reading

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