Extreme disparities in wealth strain a healthy democracy because it inevitably leads to extreme disparities in power. Just as we are living in an age of unprecedented wealth, we are also living in an age of unprecedented power. We can all feel it. The system seems rigged.
If you think the system isn’t rigged towards those at the top, ask yourself, do you think our government attends to the needs of the people, or the needs of special interests? Take a look at the graph below by Demos and the answer becomes clear.
Politicians govern according to the will of their campaign donors, one-tenth of one percent of the population. Their voting patterns do not reflect the will of the public, nor do they reflect the will of voters.
Yes, the system is rigged.
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