Big Money is buying our Politics, and how to Fight Back (Bill Moyers video)

Bill Moyers explores the subversion of American democracy by big money, and what could be done by it. A third of campaign donations in the past election were ‘dark money,’ i.e. from anonymous rich people. Some 150 persons had an outsized impact with their $9 million each.

The blurb for the show:

“Full Show: The Fight to Keep Democracy Alive
February 15, 2013

There’s no question that big money calls the shots, or at least strongly influences the agenda, on many issues vital to America’s democracy and integrity. Dan Cantor, Executive Director of New York’s Working Families Party, and Jonathan Soros, co-founder of the Friends of Democracy super PAC and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, join Bill to discuss their proposals to fight the corrosive effects of money in politics.

With the help of Soros’ anti-super PAC super PAC, the two are combating the negative impacts of Citizens United by backing candidates who stand up for campaign finance reform. Soros and Cantor advocate for a New York State public financing system inspired by New York City’s publicly-funded program that makes it less financially prohibitive to run for city-wide office.”

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  1. link to

    Demarchy (or lottocracy) is a form of government in which the state is governed by randomly selected decision makers who have been selected by sortition (lot) from a broadly inclusive pool of eligible citizens. These groups, sometimes termed “policy juries”, “citizens’ juries”, or “consensus conferences”, deliberately make decisions about public policies in much the same way that juries decide criminal cases.

    Demarchy, in theory, could overcome some of the functional problems of conventional representative democracy, which is widely subject to manipulation by special interests and a division between professional policymakers (politicians and lobbyists) vs. a largely passive, uninvolved and often uninformed electorate. According to Australian philosopher John Burnheim, random selection of policymakers would make it easier for everyday citizens to meaningfully participate, and harder for special interests to corrupt the process.

  2. How would the individuals in a policy jury be shielded from influence by big money ?

  3. I can’t view the video, but considering the source, and the prime movers (the Workers Party and a Soros,) doubt there’s any surprises.
    The Democratic Party will be touted as the solution to all ills.
    Trouble is, the Dems are no different than the GOP. Quel difference ? I mean, other than one’s religious beliefs.

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