Along with happiness, we can add good political candidates to the list of things for which money has diminishing returns.
Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee for the Democrats, and Donald Trump reigns supreme over the corpse of the GOP. Americans have never been faced with two more deeply disliked and morally compromised candidates for the presidency.
The major parties have maintained their duopoly over politics by changing with the country and reflecting its values. Citizens United changed that. The contract between the parties and the governed has been broken.
The Democratic establishment tried to squash Bernie Sanders’ progressive revolution, while Trump revealed the Republican Party to be a caucus of regressive, frightened and angry white men, not principled fiscal conservatives. Neoliberal economics has lost popular support, and the major parties have lost legitimacy.
I backed Sanders because when over half the population is divided between a self-proclaimed socialist and a practicing fascist, the center cannot hold. I will support Clinton for the presidency, because my conscience will not allow me to do otherwise. But I fear in an election characterized by the forces of remedy and resentment, the Democrats have committed suicide by running on the status quo.
Zachary A. Horn