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how big money buys off criticism

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Robert Reich has a recent post called The Big Chill: How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money. It describes the subtle yet insidious ways in which big money controls forums in which conversations of change might otherwise take place, and the silence that is purchased from non-profits and universities who have wealthy donors to please.

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As Reich writes:

“It’s bad enough big money is buying off politicians. It’s also buying off nonprofits that used to be sources of investigation, information, and social change, from criticizing big money.”

It’s well worth reading. The allies we may think we have may have strings attached.

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