U.S. plutocracy

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David Rothkopf’s commentary last Friday, “The Whole System Is Rigged” (April 4), seems to me to be a very apt description of the current state of American finance and politics. Greed, corruption and social injustice have waxed and waned over our nation’s history, but they may have reached new highs in our recreated Gilded Age.

Our society is becoming more of an American plutocracy, rather than a democracy, every day. If democracy thrives anywhere, it’s only within the powerful and wealthy echelons.

Money is speech, we are told, and the plutocrats can meet the increasingly high prices to truly engage in it. It’s unaffordable for the rest of us.


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