What We Are Reading Today: The Cash Ceiling, by Nicolas Carnes

Updated 23 August 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: The Cash Ceiling, by Nicolas Carnes

Why are Americans governed by the rich? Millionaires make up only 3 percent of the public but control all 3 branches of the federal government. How did this happen? What stops lower-income and working-class Americans from becoming politicians? The first book to answer these urgent questions, The Cash Ceiling provides a compelling and comprehensive account of why so few working-class people hold office — and what reformers can do about it.

Using extensive data on candidates, politicians, party leaders, and voters, Nicholas Carnes debunks popular misconceptions (like the idea that workers are unelectable or unqualified to govern), identifies the factors that keep lower-class Americans off the ballot and out of political institutions, and evaluates a variety of reform proposals.

In the US, Carnes shows, elections have a built-in “cash ceiling,” a series of structural barriers that make it almost impossible for the working class to run for public office. Elections take a serious toll on candidates, many working-class Americans simply can’t shoulder the practical burdens, and civic and political leaders often pass them over in favor of white-collar candidates. 

Who runs for office goes to the heart of whether we will have a democracy that is representative or not. The Cash Ceiling shows that the best hope for combating the oversized political influence of the rich might simply be to help more working-class Americans become politicians.


Singer Rita Ora unveils new music video shot in Dubai

The video features scenes shot in the celebrity-loved city. (AFP)
Updated 16 July 2019
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Singer Rita Ora unveils new music video shot in Dubai

British singer Rita Ora unveiled her latest music video on Monday, revealing that it was shot in Dubai.

The video for “New Look,” which the artist released on YouTube and promoted on her social media platforms on Monday evening, features scenes shot in the celebrity-loved city.

One of the neighborhoods to feature in the music video is Meydan — home to Dubai’s premiere racecourse, as well as a clutch of popular party spots.

 

“My brand new video for NEW LOOK is out now!! This was so much fun to film in Dubai (sic),” Ora posted on her Instagram account, alongside a clip of the video.

“NEW LOOK video comes out tomorrow!! I can’t wait for you all to see it, filming in Dubai was so much fun with these amazing cars #VisitDubai (sic),” she said in another post.