One reason that recent court cases have been decided as they have is that the Justices try to draw a direct line between any action and actual or perceived corruption. Reading their arguments, we find that they cannot discern such connections. And yet common sense tells most Americans that the system has indeed become corrupt.
For those of you who get weary of reading here are two links to video and audio content, respectively.
The first video is a lecture given recently in San Francisco by Lawrence Lessig. Lessig, the author of “Republic, Lost,” is truly intimate with the full depth of the problem as seen from many perspectives. This is admittedly long-ish content, but if you need a few visits to the video get it all, it’s worth it.
The second linked content is a multipart edition of “The American Life” on NPR. Here we see what endemic corruption looks like. It’s not quid-pro-quo – not strictly. It’s a form of corruption running so deep that most everyone is just swimming-to-survive at this point.