Some might call this a rather facile, even simplistic, discussion of the issues, but then, it’s propaganda. When attempting to persuade people (remember, election time is just around he corner again) that corporations, funds, trusts, are entitled to spend money to provide their side of the issues, they aren’t obliged to either give a fair presentation or the other side’s views. It’s their dime, and so they get to offer their view.
And the point, I suppose, is to rally the faithful around the moral right of legal entities to use their cash on hand to Influence our elective choices. If so, then it has to have cool graphics and not require much thought, since it would otherwise fail to displace Real Housewives of New Jersey in the minds of believers.
Of course, the complaint is that videos such as this seek only to maximize the utility of wealth in controlling popular thought, and therefore the democratic process. The alternative view is that the ability to use funding to get out a message might be a fair component of the political process,
The video made me wonder how, if Eugene’s logic holds, it might be modified to reflect the alternative concerns. And then it dawned on me: wherever Eugene says a thousand dollars, replace it with ten million dollars. Except, of course, when it comes to the cost of retaining defense counsel, it changes things.
And where Eugene says “you can’t spend more than a thousand dollars,” replace it with you can’t spend less than $10,000,000. Because nobody is seriously suggesting that a thousand dollars will do the trick, and once we start talking real money, the problem becomes a little more apparent.
The problem is one of extremes, since ordinary folks can’t afford to put together cool commercials and pay for television air time, leaving it to those with great wealth. Of course, that doesn’t stop others from talking to their neighbors and explaining their political views, or the mass of Americans from educating themselves politically so they don’t easily succumb to nonsensical political hype.
Does that change the video? It works for me.