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Old 11th October 2019, 09:16 AM   #214
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Originally Posted by Bob001 View Post
Another aspect of wealth concentration:

It's no surprise that the rich look out for themselves. But what happens to the rest of us?
Another concern is the very conscious effort among the political wealthy to not only donate to political campaigns in this current cycle, but to establish legacies that will continue to produce contributions indefinitely.

This was the main Koch project - to engage their politically aligned peers and coach them on establishing legacies for a network that includes elements such as think tanks, astroturfing, &c.

The UK also has this problem. For example, the Tories in 2017 reached a turning point where the majority of their donations come from dead people's legacies. That will only grow over time.

So with this type of funding model, not only is there a bias toward the superwealthy's minority interests over majority preference, but a new complication where parties are bending to the preferences of the dead instead of the living.
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