April 2015 Enews

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...A GREENER EARTH...2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN...MONEY ON MY MIND...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...ICE CREAM AND ACTIVISM...FACTS YOU CAN USE CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT: THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Democracy Matters Campus Highlight this month goes to Shoubhik Sinha and his DM members at the University of Minnesota. Highlighting the corruption of democracy by big money political donations, this DM chapter has successfully worked with other political groups both on campus and in the community. They have created close connections with faculty members and local businesses through their "endorsement campaign." And with Minnesota Common Cause and Represent US, they drafted the "Anti-Corruption Act," an anti-corruption/public financing bill. Their "Deep Fried Democracy" event, selling deep fried candy bars, raised money for their upcoming "Democracy Concert." And on April 2nd, they will join other Democracy Matters chapters marking the anniversary ... Read More

Adam Smith Says...

Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics, got a lot of things right. Here is something he said in 1776 that, with only slight adjustment, describes what is happening to the political system in this country. Smith wrote that though “combinations of masters” (by which he meant business people) “are rarely discussed,”…. “whoever imagines.…that the masters rarely combine is as ignorant of the world as of the subject.” 1. Tell it to the Supreme Court. In all but eliminating campaign contribution limits, the Court said that it envisioned that political spending by outside groups would, according to a study for the Brennan Center for Justice, “pose no threat of corruption because of their independence from candidates.” 2. Instead, just the opposite has occurred. Super-rich individuals have gotten together and pooled vast quantities of their money in order to enhance their already dominant role in the political process. The form this collusion has ... Read More