Note to self:

Read this later.

Update: I read it. Ryan Adams is kind of a douche sometimes, but I just can’t stay mad at him.

The Nation: Corporations Vs. Democracy

A snippet:

Public financing of campaigns is also a central part of reducing corporate power in America. While public financing’s detractors argue that it is fundamentally undemocratic, it will in fact bring America closer to the democratic ideal we purport to hold so dear.

There is much about the current campaign model that is fundamentally undemocratic, but nowhere is that more true than in the field of campaign finance. It is virtually impossible to run for Congress or the White House without becoming a corporate-sponsored candidate, and corporate-sponsored candidates act more on behalf of the corporations that pay to put them in office than the actual human beings that vote for them.

Public campaign finance will fix this by leveling the playing field and ensuring that candidates are selected based on their ability to present their case, not how much money they can raise from GE or Bechtel.


Required Reading

To your right, below the Twitter widget, you’ll find a new site feature (and one that doesn’t require much work, so it just might get updated): Required Reading. All this is is the most recent few items from my Google Reader account that I’ve marked as “Shared.”

Will you care? Well, my categories in Google Reader are as follows:

  • Baseball
  • Computer Science (includes lots of more software engineering stuff than actual comp. sci., but hey…)
  • Friends
  • Music
  • Productivity
  • TV

And there are a few other, non-categorized feeds, too. So if any of that sounds like it might be of interest, check back. Or subscribe to my full Shared Items feed in your own reader. The internet will eat itself!