If I had the dough, I'd start setting up a library on Trantor....
This is what Citizens United hath wrought. It has infested our politics with money-whipped italics. Two freaking guys. One election cycle. This is the power or organized money. It has bought virtual plutocracy in state governments from Wisconsin to North Carolina. It has bought itself the single worst Congress in the history of the Republic. And it is growing in strength, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it, because Citizens United was decided in such a way as to choke off any regulatory solutions, and then Shelby County came along as the hook off the jab and what electoral remedies could not be buried under the floodtide of money could be washed away by the state legislatures in those virtual plutocracies. (Watch the states. That's where the real mischief happens, and that mischief makes the "loss" in the 2012 presidential race more than a little irrelevant.) At least in our last Gilded Age, enough of the ruling oligarchs hated each other as to leave something of a political opening for the Progressive movement to exploit. This time around, they've all learned. They work together, in secret, with the blessing of the Supreme Court of the United States, and they've managed to set this rigged game in cement.
Since I don't have the dough, I'll just do what little I can with what little I have.
I'm not a quitter. But now that Team "Worse Than Boosh!" has kicked me out of the movement for insufficient ideological purity, I'm taking a little holiday from being a joiner too. Sticking with my job as Tom Bombadil, here on the edge of the world, running my single-shingle, pie-and-coffee shop , serving my own hot, home-cooked essays with a scoop or two of hand-made graphics.
One post a day, every day, more or less.
Maybe one day our internet billionaires will tire of buying media empires to play with and will bankroll a Liberal political infrastructure just for goofs. Now that would be entertaining: like watching Vedic gods beating each other with giant bags of cash.
Until then, I wish the Purity Caucus the best of luck on 2016. I'm sure after they take the White House and establish working majorities in both the House and Senate, things will start to get better.