November 11, 2013

How Big Money And Big Media Undermine Our Democracy

I HAPPENED to be channel surfing yesterday and hit upon an interesting conversation between John Nichols, Robert McChesney and Bill Moyers about the dangers of money and the media election complex. The reporters have a new book out entitled, "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America."

It was a fascinating question and answer session. “Democracy means rule of the people: one person, one vote,” says McChesney, a professor and leading scholar of communications at the University of Illinois. “Dollarocracy means the rule of the dollars: one dollar, one vote. Those with lots of dollars have lots of power. Those with no dollars have no power.”

Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation, tells Moyers: “Dollarocracy has the ability to animate dead ideas. You can take an idea that’s a bad idea, buried by the voters. Dollarocracy can dig it up and that zombie idea will walk among us.”

Below is a video that you can view. It's worth the time!

1 comment:

Rob said...

Well, there goes the Tea Party vote, Warren! Next weekend I go to Williamsburg to visit Paula at William and Mary, a college (not a university) instituted by the last full king&queen of England. Their most significant achievement was expanding the voting franchise from one-landowner-one-vote to one-man-one-vote. I believe this post shows that we are on a slippery slope back from that.