That’s the name of the gripping new book by Nancy McLean, Duke University historian, who tells the story of the cycles of US history and the ongoing attempts by the wealthy to shape government in a way that benefits them at the expense of the majority — without the majority knowing they’re doing it.
Today we talk to a congressman from Wisconsin, a director of elections from Colorado, and to the directors of two anti-corruption organizations. This is the second in a two-part series of interviews with movers and shakers from across the country working on issues from voting to corruption to ethics and transparency.
… and what undermines it? Money, corruption, inadequate laws, lack of enforcement of good laws … and the sense of despair that there are no solutions. But there are good, bipartisan solutions, according to Meredith McGehee of IssueOne.org.
Most legislators spend more than half their time asking for money instead of legislating. John Pudner talks about this deep DC dysfunction and how to achieve meaningful reform.
Trevor Potter, Founder of the Campaign Legal Center, takes detailed look at how dark money in politics affects ordinary people.