The Crisis of Broken Politics

We know now that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

Gayle McGlaughlin had no choice. When Reverend Kenneth Davis ignored her fifth warning that he had exceeded his time for speaking at the city council meeting and was out of order, the mayor of Richmond, California, had police remove Reverend Davis from the council chambers.

The mayor limited Reverend Davis’s speech, and rightly so. Twenty-six people waited to speak during the opening public comment period. Each was given one minute.

Many of the speakers, including Kenneth Davis, stayed beyond public comment to share more opinions. Reverend Davis wanted to talk about a council member ...

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