The United States is a plutocratic disaster. In this exclusive interview for Truthout, renowned political scientist Larry Bartels, author of the already classic work Unequal Democracy, provides a sweeping look at the state of our dysfunctional society.
When Jane Horton bought her dream 800-square-foot farmhouse in 1975, she thought little of the semiconductor manufacturing plant across the street. Even after the company's buildings were demolished and a chain-link fence went up around the campus, she still had no knowledge of the toxic dangers lurking beneath her feet -- let alone of the fact that they were invading her home.
Rather than wait for a Big Pharma-controlled president and Congress to provide relief on exploitative drug pricing, states should follow Maryland's example. Using grassroots organizing, Maryland residents were successful in pressuring state legislators to pass HB 631.