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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Faith in Values: The Conservative Fairy Tale About Government (CAP)

Sally Steenland draws on Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal's argument against "the voluntarism fantasy" to argue for the strength of the progressive narrative, in which government and private entities work together to help society.

  • Roosevelt Take: Mike debunked the idea that private charity could take the place of government in fighting poverty in Democracy Journal.

The Supreme Court’s Ideology: More Money, Less Voting (The Nation)

Connecting the dots between yesterday's decision in McCutcheon v. FEC and other recent decisions on voting and campaign finance, Ari Berman says that the same groups are favoring secret money and voting restriction.

  • Roosevelt Take: Jeff Raines, Chair of the Student Board of Advisors for Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, argued in October that McCutcheon was really about how much influence we allow the wealthiest Americans to have over our elected officials.

Will Disclosure Save Us From the Corrupting Influence of Big Money? (TAP)

Paul Waldman raises the question of whether campaign finance disclosure is enough to limit political corruption, because he thinks the courts could one day use disclosure as justification to eliminate all contribution limits.

Are The Views Of America's Wealthiest Undermining Democracy? (Forbes)

A new study on the opinions of the top 0.1 percent of Americans shows that they hold substantially different political views, and their high rate of campaign contributions may mean those views get more attention from policymakers.

A Union Aims at Pittsburgh’s Biggest Employer (NYT)

Steven Greenhouse reports on the Service Employees International Union's efforts to unionize the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where workers say great benefits don't matter when they can't afford the health insurance.

New on Next New Deal

Labor Law that That Would Support Organizing in Today’s Economy

In the fifth piece in his series on his new report on labor reform, Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch begins to lay out some of the possible ways to strengthen labor laws.

Taking on Big Business Wage Theft

Harmony Goldberg, the Program Manager for the Roosevelt Institute's Future of Work Initiative, argues that government needs to strengthen enforcement and change laws so that workers aren't forced to sue in order to get their fair wages.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:22 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Volunteerism is Far More Briefly Debunked Than (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, Visceral, Aunt Pat, kkkkate, arkdem

    that piece.

    The historic fact is that society was mostly working poor for all the millennia of civilization everywhere, until 2 generations of mid 20th century liberalism created the only large middle class ever.

    Next question?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:33:14 AM PDT

  •  I can't imagine any good coming from disclosure (0+ / 0-)
    But does the fact that the information is out there mean there's actual accountability and that donors aren't wielding undue influence? It's a complicated question to answer, and there are many ways to look at the problem. But we should probably start thinking about it now.
    Because those most influential also have the resources to twist things to their benefit. I would be afraid that they would find a way to deceive the public, or at least inoculate them from the truth.

    'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

    by janis b on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 08:21:39 PM PDT

  •  The one-percent have more than enough wealth (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mage11an

    to provide material comfort, security and leisure.
    Now they want sovereignty... the kind enjoyed by titled nobility in past centuries.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 08:44:18 PM PDT

  •  One in one thousand Americans (0+ / 0-)

    has a net worth of $40 million or more?

    Wow.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:28:45 PM PDT

  •  americans (1+ / 0-)
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    CFAmick

    Americans want unchecked capitalism. well it is almost here.

    the billionaires and corp America know Americans well.

    every empire self destructs one way or another.

    now it is America's turn to self destruct.

    combine unchecked capitalism with the unchecked war machine and that self destruction is coming fast like a run away train.

    the mentality of Americans is the more guns they have the  safer they are. also the bigger military they have the safer they are.

    Americans are so dumb ed down they think ever drone strike is making them safer, drones are the gift from the war machine gods.

    terrorism is the perfect enemy to maintain the budgets of the industrial military complex.

  •  Do the views of the wealthy undermine democracy? (2+ / 0-)
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    Mage11an, arkdem

    Of course they do. The question is: Why are Americans letting it happen?

  •  Run for your lives! (0+ / 0-)

    "The poor have all the money".

  •  Take away their $ supply (0+ / 0-)

    I received the Koch product email petition and this is one way to combat this trend. If the supreme court has ruled $ can buy political seats we just have to cut off their supply of $.  We need to stop purchasing or using or in any way adding to the coffers of these people. I hope more work will go into finding out how they get their $ and if we can use our purchasing power to fight back we need to.
    P.S. I tried to sign the petition but got a security warning and it would not let me. I did send to all of my family and friends we will never buy those products again.
     I know we need to do other work but this is a very good start. An army only moves with help of it's supply lines w/o those~ruin
    In the book Sun Tzu's Art of War
    Col. Henderson says: "The line of supply may be said to be as vital to the existence of an army as the heart to the life of a human being.

    "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." --Dante

    by arkdem on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 05:26:31 AM PDT

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