If you haven’t had enough of all the discussion on the SOPA/PIPA conundrum, this is an excellent take by John Battelle on how it plays into (all that is wrong with) the American political system.
I think this passage is key:
…the fight isn’t over. In fact, it’s only starting. And the folks who basically wrote SOPA/PIPA are pissed, and they plan on using the same tactics they always have when they don’t get what they want: They’re throwing around their money. Or, put another way, they’re withdrawing it. Go read this article to see what I mean:
Does this matter? Damn straight it does. In politics, money not only talks, it seduces, it cajoles, it forces, and it commands. And this is one of the boldest declarations of what’s wrong with our political system I’ve seen in quite some time.
(Thanks to Nat Torkington at the O’Reilly Radar for the pointer)