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Global Media Forum The root of all evil? Could you briefly explain what the film is about? Well it is about a broad subject of the financing of politics - of candidates, of campaigns, political parties, and in politics as a whole.
IDEA considers campaign funding to be a threat to democracy. Is money indeed the root of all evil, when it comes to political financing? This is very crucial in the definition of democracy: Democracy is a way to govern a country, a nation, where the exercise of power is monitored, controlled, by citizens and - very importantly - typically for democracy, there is equality among citizens in the exercise of that control.
To to that extent, the way the funding of political parties and the financing of campaigns and the fundraising is organized, this endangers the quality of democracy and democracy as such. What role and responsibility do the media have in all of this?
What is very typical and specific to the US situation is that contrary to most of the parties in countries in Europe, there is no such thing as the public funding of political campaigns, so these [US] campaigns are privately funded.
And the second very important difference is that there is no access for free to ads on TV. In the average European country, you will have a volume of TV ads which are allocated freely to political parties.
So there is a lack of public funding on the one hand and on the other hand, the need to find money to buy TV time. This is a very typically American situation and this explains the reason why fundraising is so important and plays a crucial central role in the campaigns in the US.
Here supporters clash with protesters in San Diego on May 27, Well referring again to the definition of democracy - equality amongst the citizens in the exercise of control on executive power - that equality is endangered by the fact that people donate their own money.
When you think that nearly half of the spending of the US campaigns is used to buy TV time and when you think about the volume that is needed to buy the TV time, you easily understand that there is a lot of money needed and so this brings citizens in different positions in terms of their interactions with politicians, which biases equality, which is a fundamental characteristic of democracy.
The way that the US campaigning is portrayed in the media - it seems to be quite an entertaining spectacle. Do you think there is any kind of risk that this trend will come to Europe?
Not to that extent. There is much more regulation, there is much more control [in Europe]. There are lots of limits to spending and there is also quite an important control mechanism established in Europe about where the money comes from. Very typical for the US situation is that the Supreme Court has ruled that, donating to politicians and campaigns and political parties is a kind of fundamental, constitutional right for Americans.
And that fundamental constitutional right cannot be too limited. This is totally contrary to the situation in Europe, where there are very strict limits on donations to political parties.
And once again, there is public funding for political campaigns in Europe. So I think these are a few aspects that make it less probable that we would have the same situation in Europe. Although I have to make a couple of exceptions: But on average, as a whole, Europe is in a totally different position.
There is free access to TV advertising, to TV media time. And there is much more regulation and control on the sources of funding and there are limitations on the spending.Democracy vs Fascism: the ultimate choice.
I do not agree that the root of all our evils is the United States, as many assert though many evils . It's the root of all evil, after all. As the newspapers continued to report the dastardly things the wealthy young banker had done to become even wealthier, people shook their heads and remarked, "The love of money is the root of all evil.
The root of all evil? How money corrupts democracy. Electoral Assistance Yves Leterme tells DW what impact money has on politics and how the US differs to Europe. be a threat to democracy. The Evils of Democracy. Column by Robert L. Johnson, posted on March 10, in.
Voting; The idea that is central to democracy is that all people are equal and are the same.
That is not true. Anyone with common sense knows it is not true. Root Strikers. View Root Strikers. Popular Topics. The Bible says in one part that the root of all evil is love for money. Greed. Maybe it was just an expression to illustrate and give a better understanding of an idea.
Pope Francis: “Clericalism is a perversion and is the root of many evils in the church. We must humbly ask forgiveness for this and, above all, create the conditions so that it is not repeated.”.