Supreme Court captured by business

This is a good article on how the Chamber of Commerce helped push the Supreme Court from an ally of consumer groups thirty years ago into the body that recently struck down a lawsuit against the maker of faulty medical equipment. The author draws an interesting distinction between the professional classes - largely content with existing inequalities and a state that genuflects before capitalists - and the majority of the population, increasingly angered by corporations and the ever-increasing gap between themselves and the rich. Yet political elites remain responsive only to the professionals. This just points up once again what the left needs to be doing: creating strong grassroots groups and democratic businesses. Without the organizational and financial power that businesses draw on just as a matter of routine operations, the left is hopelessly outmatched. Which is why we're stuck with candidates like Clinton and Obama.

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