Basically the same thing the right claims about unions supporting Dems even though not all union members are Dems. Just on the shareholder side of the coin.
Economic Left/Right: -7.25, Authoritarian/Libertarian:-7.13
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. -Noam Chomsky
Publicly funded elections. Top 3-4 candidates. Instant runoff, I think the method is. Or something similar.
Campaign ad time to be provided free of cost by commercial stations as a condition of their license. Slots to be awarded by lot. Making television and radio is so much easier now that it can effectively be done by volunteer effort.
What we're getting isn't more voices being heard, its fewer voices getting heard more often at much higher volume.
Its not discourse, its propaganda wars.
The best solution would be for candidates to simply stick to campaigning in person and doing debates, but that's Utopian and not very realistic. I also do not like the idea of institutionalizing the big parties which is what public funding of election ads can, but not always, happen. We already have this with publicly funded primary elections.
I for one am for free speech, even if it is expensive. However, for this to work, it needs to be known by everyone. Hyper-information is what I personally would advocate, this means full disclosure laws. IMO, you give up your right to privacy when you take a more active part in politics than voting. I have the right to know who donates money to who. If you are worried about reprisal, then make it illegal to fire people for their political opinion, or you can deal with it?
Last edited by xpiher; 07-06-11 at 01:18 AM.
Hayek - too liberal for republicans
I think anything outside of totally equal public funding of campaigns is uncompatible with democracy. The lobbyists were already turning the country into a plutocracy now unions and corporations have unlimited influence. Obama is already talking about raising $1bil for the 2012 campaign.
"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this." Bertrand Russell