Greed is the creed

American democracy is increasingly a fraud. Money buys votes, influence and office. Contemporary Washington makes Caligula’s Rome look like a vicar’s tea party. American politicians’ need for business donations on a gigantic scale to win their election campaigns now pollutes the discourse of the country’s public life, with business writing public policy and corrupting everything it touches. And the noxious consequences, in terms of ideas and business practice, spill over into Britain.

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