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Nation on the take: how big money corrupts our democracy and what we can do about it

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American democracy has become coin operated. Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government. The necessity of raising huge sums of campaign cash has completely changed the character of politics and policy making, determining what elected representatives stand for and how their time is spent. The marriage of great wealth and intense political influence has rendered our country unable to address our most pressing problems, from runaway government spending to climate change to the wealth gap. It also defines our daily lives: from the cars we drive to the air we breathe to the debt we owe.

In this powerful work of reportage, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, two vigilant watchdogs, expose legalized corruption and link it to the kitchen-table issues citizens face every day. Inciting our outrage, the authors then inspire us by introducing us to an army of reformers laying the groundwork for change, ready to be called into action. The battle plan for reform presented is practical, realistic, and concrete. No one—except some lobbyists and major political donors—likes business as usual, and this book aims to help forge a new army of reformers who are compelled by a patriotic duty to fight for a better democracy.

An impassioned, infuriating, yet ultimately hopeful call to arms, Nation on the Take lays bare the reach of moneyed interests and charts a way forward, toward the recovery of America's original promise.
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In this powerful work of reportage, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, two vigilant watchdogs, expose legalized corruption and link it to the kitchen-table issues citizens face every day. Inciting our outrage, the authors then inspire us by introducing us to an army of reformers laying the groundwork for change, ready to be called into action. The battle plan for reform presented is practical, realistic, and concrete. No one—except some lobbyists and major political donors—likes business as usual, and this book aims to help forge a new army of reformers who are compelled by a patriotic duty to fight for a better democracy.


An impassioned, infuriating, yet ultimately hopeful call to arms, Nation on the Take lays bare the reach of moneyed interests and charts a way forward, toward the recovery of America's original promise.
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subject_facetBanks and banking -- United States
Commercial crimes -- United States
Democracy -- United States
Economics -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States
Government spending policy -- United States
Monetary policy -- United States -- Statistics
Money -- United States
United States -- Economic policy -- 2009-
title_displayNation on the take : how big money corrupts our democracy and what we can do about it
title_fullNation on the Take How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It
Nation on the take : how big money corrupts our democracy and what we can do about it / Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman
title_shortNation on the take
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Commercial crimes
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Economic policy
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Government spending policy
Monetary policy
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Politics