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Why Our Broken Political System Falls Prey to Right-Wing Extremism

Thomas Ferguson explains how the polarization of our politics and the influx of corporate cash steer our politics to the right.

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**Read Ferguson’s complete INET paper, delivered April 10 at Bretton Woods: “Legislators Never Bowl Alone: Big Money, Mass Media, and the Polarization of Congress “.

**And for details on how money impacted the 2010 elections, see Parramore’s November interview with Ferguson: “Money and the Midterms: Are the Parties Over?”

Lynn Parramore is the editor of New Deal 2.0 , a project of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.