The usual complaint is that Washington is controlled by corporate interests. Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and other influential academics repeat this claim continuously as if it is a new idea. George Carlin made a stage bit around it and it’s still “revealed” on Facebook posts as if it is some secret new knowledge that no one has ever heard before even though it is has been the standard complaint form the left for more than a 100 years.
But what about that industry that tried for so long to ignore Washington? They have been coerced into political players and the new corporate lobbyists, to resounding applause.
This October, the White House opened its doors to a few thousand people for South by South Lawn, a daylong event described as a “festival of ideas, art and action.” Both the event and its name were a nod to South by Southwest, the annual technology-and-music festival held in Austin, Tex., where Barack and Michelle Obama showed up as surprise keynote speakers earlier this year.