Book Reviw: Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. By John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney with a foreword by Senator Bernie Sanders.


  • Tom N. Gardner Department of Communication Westfield State University


Democracy lives on information. How citizens acquire the knowledge they need to make informed decisions is a critical measure of the efficacy of any democracy. In Dollarocracy, John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney measure the health of American democracy, and their diagnosis suggests a corpus in need of emergency medical care. They tell us how we protracted this plutocratic cancer of moneyed power in the body politic, and they point the way to possible cures. It may be true that those with the gold make the rules, but these authors give the rest of us a goldmine of information to wage the perennial battle for democratic communication.