Dollarocracy

Thursday, 6 February 2014 | A Public Affair

According to dollarocracy-book. When asked if random selection for members of the U.S. Congress would work better than our money driven elections, 45% of Americans believe that candidates would do a better job if they were randomly selected electing candidates using the current big-money system. Check out this edition of A Public Affair to hear more!

On Thursday February 6th, our host Allen Ruff was joined by Bob McChesney and John Nichols discussed their newest book “Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election is Destroying America” and how big-money’s influence on politics is crushing our democracy.

“With this book, John Nichols and Bob McChesney invite Americans to examine the challenges facing America in new ways, and to fully recognize the threat that the combination of big money and big media poses to the promise of self-government. They paint a daunting picture, rich in detail based on intense reporting and groundbreaking research. But they do not offer us a pessimistic take. Rather, they call us, as Tom Paine did more than two centuries ago, to turn knowledge into power. And they tell us that we can and must respond to our contemporary challenges as a nation by rejecting the Dollarocracy and renewing our commitment to democracy.”- United States Senator Bernie Sanders on Dollarocracy’s website

 

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