An Elizabeth Warren for New York

By Simon Johnson

These days, almost everyone likes to complain about institutional corruption – and various forms of intellectual capture of government orchestrated by big corporate interests. But very few people are willing to do anything meaningful about it.

Zephyr Teachout is an exception. Not only has she written about the history of political corruption in the United States, both in long form (her recent book) and in many shorter versions (e.g., see this paper), she is competing for the Democratic nomination to become governor of New York.

In many countries, Ms. Teachout would sweep to victory. She has smart ideas about many dimensions of public policy (here are her economic policies), she has assembled a strong team, and – most of all – she represents exactly the kind of responsible reform that we need at this stage of our republic.

Elizabeth Warren offered exactly the same sort of promise to the people of Massachusetts in 2012 – real reform through pragmatic and effective politics. She has delivered on this promise and there is every indication that her influence will only grow in the years to come.

On Tuesday, New York has an opportunity to head in the same direction. I’ve work with policy makers around the world and across the political spectrum in the United States. Ms. Teachout is completely credible as a potential governor.

And we need her brand of reform. In spring 2009, I wrote about the capture of the American federal government by big financial interests. But the problem is much broader – it is rooted in our electoral system and the ways that money effectively buys votes.

I’m often asked – what can ordinary Americans possibly do about this? The only reasonable answer is: seek out plausible reform candidates, donate to their campaigns, and vote for them. Too few such candidates have come forward in recent years. But Elizabeth Warren offered (and offers) exactly this sort of opportunity, and so too now does Zephyr Teachout.

If you live in New York and are eligible to vote in the Democratic primary, vote for Zephyr Teachout – or stop complaining.

7 thoughts on “An Elizabeth Warren for New York

  1. “These days, almost everyone likes to complain about institutional corruption – and various forms of intellectual capture of government orchestrated by big corporate interests. But very few people are willing to do anything meaningful about it.” …..Simon Johnson
    In the same light, another exception… [As the Nation goes,…so goes the States: in revolving door fashion]
    Andrew Kreig , Executive Director of the Justice Integrity Project, and Huffington Post Contributor, will be joining Bob Carson in this radio hour. The two will discuss Clarence Thomas’s corruption, The Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” program and much more.
    Carson’s Corner is a weekly progressive radio show which can be heard on Underground Progressive Radio, 530 AM, New Jersey.
    Broadcast in Politics Progressive
    Carson’s Corner with Bob Carson.
    by carsonscorner in Politics Progressive 7 months ago
    “On this episode of Carson’s Corner, we welcome back to the show Andrew Kreig. Kreig, an investigator, journalist, author, and executive director of the Justice Integrity Project, has investigated Governor Christie extensively over the past 4 years. Andrew and I will discuss the latest news on the Christie scandal, implications for the future, and much more. We’ll also discuss how the Christie saga helps Jeb Bush in 2016. Plus, Andrew has used extensive research to write his second book, Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney, and Their Masters.”
    We will be discussing this book at length, which has documented
    details about Obama.

    …. check out the Justice Integrity Project at
    Justice Integrity Project Latest on the anniversary of the Warren Commission Report, Experts on JFK’s Murder & Cover-up
    at Sept. 26-28 DC Forum in Washington DC
    Posted: 05 Sep 2014 06:02 PM PDT

  2. I love Warren, but she normally gets steam rolled by the linear thinkers. The breakers of the constitution are the ones I want to reform.

  3. “Senator Elizabeth Warren reported in a Senate floor speech on June 6 that the government is currently making $51 billion in profits on student loans. The Senator added: “Our college students already see that the system is rigged against them. They watched Wall Street bankers get bailed out while their parents lost jobs and struggled to hang on to their homes. They see special subsidies for companies that ship jobs overseas and exploit tax loopholes, while the investments in their future – in jobs at home – disappear…”
    [excerpted from]:
    The Untold Story of Citibank’s Student Loan Deals at NYU
    By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: September 16, 2013

  4. Ms Warren would be a welcomed addition to the political landscape if she can initiate reform in Massachusetts.

    Political change is often extremely difficult to initiate let alone manage. In fact change in anything is always hard so I am intrigued to watch how things play out in the political arena in the Northeast.

    It does take us as individuals that are not running to help those that we want to represent us to win. It takes our time, it takes our money and takes our willingness to do what needs to be done to help them win.

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