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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:02 PM

Al Gore: Democracy has been ‘hacked’ by big business

Al Gore: Democracy has been ‘hacked’ by big business

By The Guardian
Sunday, February 3, 2013 11:51 EST


US democracy has been “hacked” by big business and needs to be reclaimed using the power of the internet to hold politicians to account, according to former US vice-president Al Gore.

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He added: “It can be fixed, but we need to recognise that our democracy has been hacked … It has been taken over … and is being operated for purposes other than those for which it was intended.”


In the interview, Gore alluded to a 2010 US supreme court decision that banned restrictions on political donations by corporations in the name of free speech.

He agreed that US politics has become more divisive. “Certainly the level of partisanship and vitriol has been growing,” Gore said. “And I think it is directly connected to the influence of big money – anonymous contributors, corporations pretending to be people and pursuing their business plans in the guise of politics and encouraging many politicians to say things and do things that would not have been seen in the best interests of the public in years past.”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/03/al-gore-democracy-has-been-hacked-by-big-business/

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kpete Feb 2013 OP
joeunderdog Feb 2013 #1
Deep13 Feb 2013 #2
libtodeath Feb 2013 #3
Make7 Feb 2013 #4
malaise Feb 2013 #5
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #6
hollysmom Feb 2013 #7

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:08 PM

1. YUP.

But about that Applebee's waitress...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:08 PM

2. Well yeah, but hardly a revelation. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:10 PM

3. A man elected president in every way but not allowed to serve

what a tragedy for us and our future.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:11 PM

4. Thank God he invented the InterTubes for us!

All kidding aside, did he not notice big business owns the Government when he was Vice-President for eight years?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:16 PM

5. Al Gore's The Assault on Reason

is a must read book. It shows how they hacked Democracy

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:17 PM

6. Irony. n/t

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:21 PM

7. ya think

I do miss the lock box as much as people laughed at the time, I knew it was too much money to be left to the people.

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