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What Political Science Tells Us About Wealth and American Politics

Last week, Jon Stewart spoke with political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page about the influence of elites in American politics.

Find the full extended interview here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

As Gilens and Page mention, this may be discouraging. However,  pretending that the system is driven by the votes of regular people only gives legitimacy to a rotten system. Our system is driven by special interests that are beholden to the wealthy.

Does this mean that we should give up? No! However, it means that we should fight against the system and those that give it cover.

Don’t be fooled. This is not just about corporate and conservative groups. It applies just as much to the Democratic Party and most liberal special interest groups (both of which are primarily supported by corporate interests and super-wealthy individuals).

If you looking for an example of the this, just look at the sickening lovefest between the media elites and the political elites at this past weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

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