Ralph Nader | Commercializing Elections to Destroy Our Democracy

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…increasingly commercializing our elections every four years is devastating to the freedom and justice produced by a functioning democratic society

By Ralph Nader  nader.org  June 17, 2016

Ralph NaderOur political economy – a wonderfully embracing phrase much used a century ago – has three main components: The electoral/governmental powers, the marketplace, and the civil society, which is composed of we the citizens.

It is well known that when “we the people” get lax about our consumer rights and our voting choices, both the companies and the politicians turn their backs on us and look out for themselves and their fat-cat donors. The civil society’s energy or apathy has a profound role in shaping how the other two sectors function, and can either safeguard our democracy or drive it into the ground.

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