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Political clout of super-rich dominates voting power

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  • Writer: Chrystia Freeland
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Louis D Brandeis, the American jurist, famously warned: "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." 

A Muslim woman votes at a recent general election. Democracy and voting rights are one of the hallmarks of the modern era, but it turns out that voting rights do not translate into much actual political power to bridge inequality between the rich and poor. JETJARAS NA RANONG

Brandeis's cri de coeur was inspired by an indignant observation of the shenanigans of America's robber barons during the "Gilded Age". Today, we live in a data-driven age, and some careful students of the connection between money and politics have now amassed a powerful body of evidence to support Brandeis's moral claim. A lot of it is assembled in a report by the progressive research organisation Demos, published last week.

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