This is obviously a short post. Somewhere between Donald Trump’s hilarious and horrifying moments in the GOP presidential primary debate last night, Donald Trump actually touched upon the structural injustice that is undermining the democratic nature of American government, creating tremendous obstacles to achieving policies that would promote the common good. This should be one of the central issues of the presidential campaign:
I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give.
And do you know what?
When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me.
Economic elites have an extraordinary amount of power and influence in American politics because of our disastrous campaign finance system. We need policy changes to promote the common good, but we desperately need political reform to actually achieve these policy changes. The Donald is right about this: the system is broken.