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THE U.S. PRESIDENCY: A GAME OF THRONES

As the presidential campaign gears up, and both Gov. Angela Lovett and Sen. Clancy Tooms start the long carnival process of mudslinging and character assassinating, it’s worth remembering that whichever candidate wins the Oval Office, the 1% will be very well represented. Ostensibly a representative institution, the American presidency is in fact a kind of popularity contest for elites. Which explains why every American president has come from British or French royal bloodlines. American democracy: it’s a great idea. We ought to give it a try sometime.

SHARPE: COVER BOY FOR LOVETT’S CORPORATE RUN

Last month I reported that Governor Angela Lovett had hired media guru Kevin Sharpe as her presidential campaign’s “senior strategist and media advisor.” This week Sharpe’s grizzled mug graces the covers of both Time and Wired, where he’s been dubbed “The Architect” for his role in strategizing Lovett’s path to office.

But read the articles and you’ll find something interesting: the only description of Sharpe’s role is that of masterminding the campaign’s online component—and the only specific contribution he’s credited with is…managing Lovett’s page on the Panjea social network.

Sharpe’s past ties to Panjea and its CEO, Victor Ignacio, aren’t widely known—but they’re known well enough for this move to be considered flat-out brazen. We’re being put on notice: democracy is in the hands of the tech titans and their corporate cronies, and this election is about only two things: (1) information, and (2) how to monetize it. When these people get control of the Oval Office, your  citizenship will effectively cease to exist, except as a rhetorical concept. Better get out there and use it while you still can.

GOV. LOVETT TAPS SHARPE FOR TOP CAMPAIGN POST

You know that cold, dark feeling of doom you get whenever government and the tech world team up? Well, you’re about to get it again. Angela Lovett has hired Kevin Sharpe to her presidential campaign’s “senior strategist and media advisor.” And since Sharpe’s rumored to have relationships with everyone from Microsoft to Panjea, you can guess who’s going to be along for the ride…and taking far more than their fair share of the opportunities for profit along the way. Ain’t democracy grand!