Reader RichardH suggested the article, Bill Moyers: Fighting Back Against Corporate Personhood, to me. I’ll give you just a little teaser to encourage you to read the whole thing.
Citizens United is but the latest battle in the class war waged for thirty years from the top down by the corporate and political right. Instead of creating a fair and level playing field for all, government would become the agent of the powerful and privileged. Public institutions, laws, and regulations, as well as the ideas, norms, and beliefs that aimed to protect the common good and helped create America’s iconic middle class, would become increasingly vulnerable. The Nobel Laureate economist Robert Solow succinctly summed up results: “The redistribution of wealth in favor of the wealthy and of power in favor of the powerful.” In the wake of Citizens United, popular resistance is all that can prevent the richest economic interests in the country from buying the democratic process lock, stock, and barrel.
Each time I read another version of history, this time supplied by Bill Moyers, I learn some more nuance of our political past.
Moyer explains the antipathy of Jefferson, Madison, and Andrew Johnson to the bankers and industrialists of their time. From High School history, I learned that these founding ancestors were perfect people that we must revere. From the book Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen, I learned that certainly Jefferson and Madison had some base, self-interested motives for their antipathy to northern industrialists. From Moyers, I learn that though Jefferson and Madison may have been paranoid conspiracy theorists (from the Lies book), there were some sensible principles behind their objections to some of the rules put in place at the formation of the central banking system. Nuance, nuance, nuance.
I am glad to see some of our country’s thought leaders coming to realize that street protest is going to be an essential part of getting our government back. Read the rest of the above article.