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America's Kleptocracy Problem

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The contrast between the tiny number of winners in the kleptocratic economy and the immense number of losers—not just the workers of Warren but the shareholders of PrivatBank and the taxpayers of Ukraine—is so stark that the persistence of this system now constitutes one of the most important modern political mysteries: Why doesn’t the U.S., instead of abetting the elaborate arrangements, exert its leverage to help change the rules and eradicate the system? Part of the answer is obvious. Powerful people benefit from it, and they are intent on keeping it in place. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island has long campaigned against the prevailing disorder, emphasizing that the same shell companies used to hide money from taxation can also be used to hide political donations. He told me last year that “the interests who make money off of these schemes fight back quite hard, often through traditional lobbying groups.” Michel writes that Kolomoisky himself reportedly sought to preserve his empire by winning influence in the Trump administration, among other things by offering “dirt” on Joe and Hunter Biden, some of which was passed to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
 

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FAlse equivalancy. The United States is not a kleptocracy. Russia is an autocratic kleptocracy.

We have the compelling problem of the worst SC decision since Dred Scott, that being Citizens United.
 

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FAlse equivalancy. The United States is not a kleptocracy. Russia is an autocratic kleptocracy.

We have the compelling problem of the worst SC decision since Dred Scott, that being Citizens United.

Yes- close enough though. The US is mostly a plutocracy at this point, including with the court decisions you mention. That's inevitable when you leave everything free and unregulated, as Republicans and liberterians have pushed for for the last few decades: because money begets money, and there are vicious spirals of poverty than have no end if you get sucked into their vortex.
 

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FAlse equivalancy. The United States is not a kleptocracy. Russia is an autocratic kleptocracy.

We have the compelling problem of the worst SC decision since Dred Scott, that being Citizens United.
We're not a kleptocracy yet. We're an oligarchy on our way to kleptocracy. And this Court will do everything it can to get us there quick. The Citizens United vs. Board of Elections decision. Just shoot me now.
 
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FAlse equivalancy. The United States is not a kleptocracy. Russia is an autocratic kleptocracy.

We have the compelling problem of the worst SC decision since Dred Scott, that being Citizens United.
Which basically makes us a Kleptocracy.
 
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