14 Dec '11, 9pm

The Terrible, Boring Ways That Money in Politics Ruins Democracy (Daily Show Video)

The Terrible, Boring Ways That Money in Politics Ruins Democracy (Daily Show Video)

There's too much money in politics. Money in politics corrupts democracy. We need to get money out of politics. Aphorisms like those have been uttered pretty much ever since cash has exchanged hands. The complaint is bipartisan, primal. As such, we commonly regard the notion as an abstract truth, an unfortunate feature of political life. And so, when more people than at any point in recent memory are crying out that money is indeed corrupting the political process today, it can nonetheless seem like a vague charge. Yes, we all know that reviled lobbyists swarm Washington D.C. and that Big Money buys access to our political leaders while the rest of us are left out in the dark. But even these concepts seem almost mythic to those of us outside the Beltway. So what does the moneyed perversion of democracy actually look like? How does it work? The answers to those questions ar...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/economics/terrible-boring-ways-...

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