End the duopoly

How to make a difference in politics, using money

It is a truth universally acknowledged (or, at least, the Supreme Court acknowledged it memorably once) that if you have a sufficient amount of money, the money also gets to join you in voting and making its political opinions known. But how best to spend this money?

This week, we saw two men who spent cartoonish amounts of their own money to make a difference in politics, and I think we should contemplate the results.

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Tom Steyer has long said it was a priority for him to take down Donald Trump. For months, he has been paying to run expensive ads urging that the president be impeached. Then, he started paying to run something even more expensive: himself, for president.

To do this, Steyer spent millions of dollars on ads. Then he spent millions more dollars on additional ads. Then, just to be safe, he spent millions more dollars, some on ads and some, I guess, on commercial air travel (his ads have been pursuing me across my social media, demanding that the other candidates take his pledge to fly only commercial.)

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