"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power."
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the threat to democracy by corporate power
"In many respects, we now live in a society that is only formally democratic, as the great mass of citizens have minimal say on the major public issues of the day, and such issues are scarcely debated at all in any
meaningful sense in the electoral arena. In our society, corporations and the wealthy enjoy a power every bit as immense as that assumed to have been enjoyed by the lords and royalty of feudal times."
- Robert W. McChesney, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the
search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
- John Kenneth Galbraith, famous economist and author
"If a lawyer was arguing a case before a judge and said, 'Your honor before you decide on the guilt or
innocence of my client, here is $1,000.' What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. But if an
industry lobbyist walks into the office of a key legislator and hands her or him a check for $1,000, we call
that a campaign contribution. We should call it a bribe."
- Janice Fine , Dollars and Sense Magazine