Tag: Bernie Sanders

Can a New Populist Movement Fight Off American Oligarchy?

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
Can a New Populist Movement Fight Off American Oligarchy?

At the ‘New Populism Conference’ hosted by the Campaign for America’s Future, a number of progressive thinkers and activists—not to mention Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders themselves—spoke to the idea of the “new populism” they say is desperately needed to release the nation from the stranglehold of corporate interests and a politics dominated by big money.

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Bernie Sanders: What Happened to the American Dream?

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Economy with 0 Comments
Bernie Sanders: What Happened to the American Dream?

Senator Bernie Sanders discusses wealth inequality and how America has become an oligarchy during a Senate floor speech.

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Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC overturned a law that allowed the federal government to cap how much an individual could give to multiple federal candidates and committees in a single campaign cycle. The $123,200 overall limit for total contributions to campaigns, parties, and PACs will no longer be in effect, although contributions to individual candidates remain limited to $2,600. Potentially opening the door to a flood of cash from wealthy individuals, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion, stating that this ruling “perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling with MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow. In the 2nd video (see below), RT’s Lindsay France looks into this historic ruling.

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Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders: The disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United threw out campaign funding laws that limited what wealthy individuals and corporations could spend on elections. Since that ruling, campaign spending by Adelson, the Koch brothers and a handful of other billionaire families has fundamentally undermined American democracy. If present trends continue, elections will not be decided by one-person, one-vote, but by a small number of very wealthy families who spend huge amounts of money supporting right-wing candidates who protect their interests. This process – a handful of the wealthiest people in our country controlling the political process – is called “oligarchy.” The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.

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