Politics for a Billion

About: william f. buckley jr. on money & politics on national review online

It might be interesting to tease out what money in an election does & if there are adverse effects then what can be done about it.  McCain-Feingold just made it worse. Anything that restricts the flow of money has been characterized as restricting free speech.  Some laws have been allowed which do exactly that.  What would happen if there were no restrictions at all. Consider this to be an exploration & item related to other things like the 3rd street movement.
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  1. 3rd street
  2. politics
  3. money

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Mark de LA says
The Zen perspective on this might be something like the following:
  1. Through the ages the people have always been dissatisfied with their kings, their politicians, their rulers and paying taxes. People who have lots of money have always been able to bend the rules & buy power & elections.  This age is no different. It is part of the human condition. It may require a great upheaval such as those in the past (Atlantis & Lemuria; Pompeii etc.)  Accept these conditions as the way things are - like birth & death & Mother Nature's tantrums. 
  2. ... & go for the principles of selective spending & discussions on such selective spending .. & make sure that your personal votes & spending aligns with your own spirit & purposes.
  3. Fructify your own abilities, principles & power so that one day, should the need arise, you will be able to lead & transform the process. 



Mark de LA says
Or, just wait for things to change:


Mark de LA says
Newt has some ideas to ponder here.
source: This month, Gingrich plans a bipartisan event with Democratic leader Mario Cuomo at the famed Cooper Union in New York

Mark de LA says
I suppose that if there were laws against external contributions, as there are now, only billionaires will get elected, eh?

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