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Dollarocracy by Robert McChesney, John Nichols

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THIS IS NOT WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE

These damned consultants come in and say, “This is how you have to run,” and it’s always the same: raise money, spend it on television, don’t say anything that will offend anyone.

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS OF VERMONT, 2012

During the course of 2011, the United States experienced the largest and most widespread public demonstrations in many decades. To the surprise, even shock, of politicians, pundits, and news media, countless Americans were so dissatisfied with the growing inequality in American life and with the corruption of a political system—and elections—that they were willing to take to the streets. They were standing up to protest a world dominated by the wealthy and by gigantic corporations. They ...

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