Reich’s clarity is a gift to us if we choose to see it. For years, I have believed that the root of all evil in our nation – both domestic problems and international issues – is the corrosive effects of big money on our politics, especially on the US Congress and Presidency. (It is why I supported John Edwards over Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton and did door-knocking and phone-calling in NH for him. Edwards was the one who pledged stridently to take on lobbyists as a central point of his campaign.)
Reich had a great post on Facebook today, which begins: “At the root of most of our political and economic challenges is the pervasiveness of big money in our politics. What can we do about it? Most importantly, three things:”
(1) Reverse Citizen’s United.
(2) Revive public financing of elections.
(3) Reverse the growing concentration of income and wealth in America. Here Reich quotes Justice Brandeis: “We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
At the end of his Facebook post, Reich says, “So don’t complain. Organize!” That means going beyond typing posts on Facebook and BMG.