A world in which Citizens United lost is not more equal in terms of influence, it is just unequal in a different way. Ultimately all regulation of campaign spending plays favorites.
Back in 2000, I worked with Arianna at the Shadow Conventions because she and I shared a passion for ending the corrupting influence of money in politics. We thought the problem was bad then; it's rotten now. And neither party seems any more genuine about addressing it. The business of governing has been slowly replaced by the businesses that govern. And those businesses, for the most part, either seek to rig laws to their own advantage or to maintain the status quo. So what it comes down to is this: Unless we generate a massive, history-making surge in the fight for reform we are likely, in another 12 years, doomed to having an even more dire conversation about our fading republic -- about a country that is a shadow of its former self.
Money in politics is making our nation sicker, threatening our national security, and ultimately destroying the very economic prosperity the "money in politics" seeks to achieve.
Regardless of our political affiliation, the epistle of James calls us to a collective responsibility for the needs of the poor and to a collective prophetic stance against of the excesses of the rich.
No matter who wins in November, hunger is a defining issue. You don't need a focus group to see the problems, and you don't need a poll to find out what works.
Political rhetoric about immigration, especially during presidential election season, makes it easy to accept myths and overlook realities that govern the lives of millions of unauthorized immigrants in the United States.
Poverty is personal, and I'm afraid both parties this year are missing a huge opportunity to spotlight this deep problem and offer actual, creative solutions to it. Here are some people and organizations the Republicans and Democrats could learn from.
I am frequently approached by folks expressing bewilderment that a community with a high concentration of wealth has a problem with homelessness. But it is due to our excessive way of life that we allow others to live with nothing.
Incarcerating people for not paying fees they can't afford isn't generating revenue -- it's just creating more government spending. And making it almost impossible for people to rejoin society ensures that people will wind up back in prison.
The way to fight poverty in Detroit is to make sure schools give kids an education that is real, relevant and comprehensive. We must also begin to create small, self-governed intentional communities throughout the city.
We can strengthen our efforts to end poverty at home by taking some tips from leaders in the developing world.