Edgar Allen Beem’s piece on the corrupting effect of soft money via the Supreme Court ruling called “Citizens United” hit the nail squarely on the head. Until the people of this country get educated about the corrosive effect of corporate influence on our electoral system, we will continue to take it on the chin and lose our very precious rights.
In addition to the book Mr. Beem mentioned, I would like to add a couple of websites where concerned citizens can learn about corporate power and ways we can take action. The first is Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (poclad.org) and the second is Move to Amend (movetoamend.org). Both organizations are working to educate citizens and end corporate domination of our political and social lives.