A Dilemma for our Democracy: Restrict Freedom of Speech or Effect Pure Plutocracy?
Thomas Kim Hixson*
Department of Communication, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, USA
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- Thomas Kim Hixson
Department of Communication
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: August 09, 2012; Accepted Date: August 09, 2012; Published Date: August 10, 2012
Citation: Hixson TK (2012) A Dilemma for our Democracy: Restrict Freedom of Speech or Effect Pure Plutocracy? J Mass Commun Journalism 2:e128. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000e128
Copyright: © 2012 Hixson TK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Most people will agree that far too much money is spent on advertising the candidacies of those who want to be elected supposedly to serve the public good. Pre-dating the development of television, the great American humorist Will Rogers joked that “politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.” The idea of the corrupting influence of money in politics has long been with us. Limits have been enacted on individual contributions to campaigns, but in recent times these limits have been skirted by donating to the political parties and to independent groups that indirectly support, yet are not directly connected to, a candidate.