In their excellent new book, "Dollarocracy," John Nichols and Robert McChesney remind us of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis told us a century ago, that "We can either have Democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
There is very good reason to believe that we are presently experiencing "great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few." One needs only to read the daily news, watch it on TV or listen to it on radio to understand that while we may not yet have actually lost our democracy, we are most certainly headed in this direction.
Unless we awaken to that fact, and begin to take Brandeis' warning seriously, our democracy will have slipped away. Getting it back will not be an easy matter.
Theodore J. Voneida, Kent