The scholar notes that “if absolute power corrupts absolutely, invisible power corrupts invisibly,” but says that the Deep State apparatus is vulnerable to a vigilant public. Continue reading
Money & Politics
Do democracy and plutocracy mix? Bill Moyers has spent years digging into the corrosive effects of money and corporate influence on American politics, a well-traveled intersection that has become all the more significant in the aftermath of the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. How far back does the influence go and how much does it corrupt our democracy today? Explore these current issues with help from leading thinkers, investigative journalists, and scholars. For even deeper understanding, check out Bill’s list of must-read books on money and politics.
EXPLORE Money & Politics
POGO’s executive director writes that “a lot of this corruption (the revolving doors, lobbying activities and campaign contributions, for instance) is legal. Mull that over: We’ve passed laws allowing the “Deep State” to not only exist, but also to flourish.” Continue reading
Cartoonist Mark Fiore takes a look at the organization that has been lobbying their heart out to get Keystone XL approved.
The story of one Koch operative illuminates larger truths about how money changes both politics and the people who handle it. Continue reading
This week we feature two Americans fighting against corruption: David Simon, creator of The Wire and activist Lawrence Lessig, who has taken an unconventional approach to highlight the need to get money out of politics. Continue reading