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Cass R. Sunstein

The American System Isn't Rigged

Just look at government reforms since 2009.
Not stacked.

Not stacked.

Photographera; Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Within the past year, a new catchphrase has come to dominate political discussion, certainly on the left: “The system is rigged.” 

Senator Elizabeth Warren says it to make her claim that wealthy private interests have usurped democratic institutions, ensuring that “the system” protects them rather than ordinary people. In calling for a “political revolution,” Senator Bernie Sanders has been saying essentially the same thing in his campaign for president.