"The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. "This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. "The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. "Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the intelligent use of his political rights. Albert Einstein, Monthly Review, May 1949." "Unequal Protection": The People's Masters | Truthout If Einstein thought the situation was grim in 1949, what would he have to say about Citizens United or the state of Tennessee's current plot to allow corporations to contribute directly to politicians?