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How Big Money and Big Media Undermine Democracy

Alexander Reed Kelly
Associate Editor
In December 2010, Alex was arrested for civil disobedience outside the White House alongside Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, healthcare activist Margaret Flowers and…
Alexander Reed Kelly

Reporters John Nichols and Robert McChesney spoke with Bill Moyers this week about the dangers of “money and [the] media election complex.” The duo has a new book out: “Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America.”

“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.”

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

Moyers & Co:

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