How Money Runs Our Politics

The three major defects of our election system—in voter registration, redistricting, and campaign finance—have all become worse in recent years. As a nation we’ve drifted very far from our moorings of truly representational government. Because of what has become known about the large sums of money being invested in the candidates by the super-wealthy at an early stage of the 2016 campaigns, the fact that something has gone wrong has begun to take hold. That may be the first step toward reform; what’s needed after that are stamina and keeping our attention on the fundamental requirements of a democracy.

- Elizabeth Drew, How Money Runs Our Politics, June 4, 2015, New York Review of Books, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/jun/04/how-money-runs-our-politics/

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