Both of our political parties are dominated by people who believe that the American people are fundamentally on their side. When they face political setbacks, then, there must be some nefarious explanation for the thwarting of the peopleís will.For contemporary Republicans, that explanation is likely to involve the media or the ďdeep state.Ē For Democrats, it will probably include money in politics.On*the left, itís the go-to theory for why progressive policies havenít already been adopted. Why hasnít the federal government taken strong action to fight climate change? It must be due to the influence of the fossil-fuel industry. Why doesnít serious gun control ever get*traction in Congress even when polls seem to back it? Itís because of the National Rifle Associationís contributions to campaigns.

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