It can be (often) but it doesn't have to be.
Anyone or group can lobby it just depends if someone is giving large sums of money.
Definitely! Definition of a lobby: a group of people seeking to influence politicians or public officials on a particular issue. This is almost always done with money so it is 100% legalized bribery
At some point, people figured out that in a democracy not the wisest but the most popluar candidates win. So some people thought, we should talk with the elected officials to teach them about how the world looks from our perspective.Think about how, a politician can become the one in charge of energy or enviromental matters without having any knowledge. So it would be good if somebody briefed them about how things are.The problem however is, that living in washington or brussels and spending all your time talking to different politicians in different positions costs a lot of money. I can't afford to do that. But you know who can? Rich people. Rich industy, rich companies in general and so on ... So it's no surprise that politicians get their views from people who's ultimate goal is to increase their profit. And that's how the neolibaral politics of free market conquered the world. Beacause only those with money, can afford to teach the elected officials. Sure, bribery is also common but the politicians are not necessary evil or bribed.See, if a bankster is your only teacher you'll probably actually believe that deregulation and free market is the best for every economy and culture. If you get all your news from a chemical or oil company, you are likely to think of them as harmless to the environment and so on.That way, the gap between rich and poor people is ever increasing. The poor can elect whoever they want, but only the rich can afford to lobby. That's why i think we need a completely new system that won't make it possible to influence elections with money but also give politicians less power. Something like a veto right for the public, so we could overthrow bills regardless of what the people we elected think about it...
@anna touche, always with the dazzling take on issues
False. Citizens can lobby their representatives without expending money at all. The threat of dismissal is as real a threat, as the benefit of a dinner or a campaign donation is a real benefit.
@citizenthom @jeffery95014 care to debate this Head-2-Head? It's an interesting one and very relevant!
@gigi If I had time... which I don't. Sigh.
@jeffery95014 no worries, let us know when you have some time, would love to see you on your first H2H! :-)
Only if money is involved. There is mental lobbying in which rhetoric and argument is used rather than money.