chapter6The Best Government Big Money Can Buy

Ellen Schwartz

Can a corporate-sponsored democracyserve the people?

We must crush in its birth the aristocracy of ourmoneyed corporations, which dare already to challengeour government, and bid defiance to the lawsof our country.

—Thomas Jefferson

If not now, when? If not us, who?

—Robert Kennedy


BEFORE I RAN FOR CONGRESS IN 1994, I THOUGHT I WAS POLITICALLY SAVVY. But what I learned about our political system from the inside made me grieve for this country. The glitzy campaign appearances and glib pundits lull us into thinking that we have a functioning democracy, but we do not. It is not only Third World countries that have sham democracies. I would love to share with you the amazing journey I ...

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