Friday, June 30, 2017

Will Crowd-Funding Bring A Return To Democracy?

To win office, a candidate needs to campaign. Campaigns cost money. A candidate has needed to solicit corporate donors. Until now.

Now, a dozen or more internet sites let people raise money for their own causes.  A Facebook ad can be shown to 50,000 people for a dollar. Mailing lists can be bought. If the cause is just - like fighting a case up through the courts, or running for office - then it can get funded if enough people support it. From a donor list, a candidate can then recruit dedicated volunteers.

In last November's election, the voters who didn't like Hillary Clinton outnumbered the voters who didn't like Trump. Bernie Sanders, whose platform is built out of what people say that they want, was shoved into the background by the Democrat's leadership, who needed the platform to reflect what corporations say they want.

Bernie's group is still around, still hanging out in the background, as the Republicans collapse in place. 

The Democratic Party asked Bernie for his mailing list the other day. His "Revolution Now" group responded that while the list worked to bring lots of money into the Bernie camp, it wouldn't do the same for the Dem Party. People who gave to Bernie wouldn't be very likely to give to the corporate puppets. 

Here and now the split begins. The split between corp-funded politics and crowd-funded politics. Corp-funded politics has turned both parties into echo-chambers. Crowd-funded politics may rescue them both.

The Democratic Party will need to adopt Bernie's platform if it wants to do crowd-funding.


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