“This Modern World,” the biting satirical cartoon by the pseudonymous Tom Tomorrow, recently proposed streamlining the American political process.
“Take elections,” mused the strip’s narrator. “They’re such an inefficient way to purchase a government! That’s why we’ll be replacing them with eBay auctions! Simple and straightforward — highest bidder wins! You probably won’t even notice the difference.”
Such cynical assessments — that when it comes picking national leaders, money matters most — are common. And sadly, they’re not unfounded.