Politicians listen to money rather than to the publics preferences.
What can make them stop?
Should we follow public opinion when it is shallow, confused, or misinformed?
The purpose of a political system is to resolve political questions in a satisfactory way, not to reflect wider views.
Dont overlook interest groups: not one of the politically active occupational associations represents unskilled workers.
Having lost the South, the Democrats new coalition is more dependent on affluent voters.
Why not argue for strong progressive majorities?
Lets not reduce policymaking to class warfare.
Poling data shows us preferences, but interests matter, too, and they tell a different story.
The soft money era was bad, but the influence of wealthy interests is now potentially far greater.
Discovering effective ways for 21st century civic engagement is our most urgent task.
People generate change regardless of federal policy.
A democracy that ignores most of the public most of the time has a tenuous claim to legitimacy.