It is not simply a matter of big money in politics. There is big money in all of American life. The more pervasive problem is that we now have self-interested political institutions — the parties — that are considered “too big to fail.” Are we supposed to protect them and their refusal to share power with the people at all costs?

Fulani Welcomes Ralph Nader to Harlem
October 23, 2004

Sharpton and Dean: The Nationalists vs. the Rationalists
December 22, 2003

I came downtown to tonight’s meeting even though I’m still in the early stages of recovery from compound pneumonia because I wanted to speak directly with all of you. Thanks for all your good wishes and calls while I was in the hospital.

Love Democracy? Prove it by Investing in its Future
May 18, 2003

After a hiatus during the war, President Bush begins fundraising again Wednesday, when he is scheduled to be the big draw at a dinner for congressional Republicans. Unless the Supreme Court decides otherwise, those House and Senate contenders and the 2004 presidential candidates, Bush...

The Real Al Sharpton
March 10, 2003

All the latest articles about Al Sharpton's Presidential campaign miss the point. "Nightmarish complications" cries the liberal American Prospect. "The Sharpton nightmare" chuckles conservative columnist Bob Novak. "This strategy of appeasement...is devastating for the party as a whole," admonishes The New Republic, referring to the legitimacy the white Democratic Presidential contenders are currently conferring on Sharpton. In other words, the shared obsession is about what he might do to the Democratic Party.