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Mike Edwards is the founding contributor of Leftfielder.org, a blog on politics and media. He is the co-author of “Democracy Despite Itself: Why a system that shouldn't work at all works so well”. He received a master’s degree in political science from UC San Diego, and a B.A. from Rice University. Mr. Edwards lives in Cambridge, MA, regularly cares for his nephews, and consumes more news commentary than is probably healthy for any one individual.

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Italy's Democratic Triumph

(13) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 11:59 AM

Italy's most recent election is further proof that democracy works.

The election in which Italian citizens ignored the 'sensible' center parties, gave a large mass of votes to a political coalition recently organized by a comedian. The election which created a divided government that has virtually no chance of...

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The Means Are All Important

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 1:24 PM

It is better to follow the rules and lose, than to cheat and win.

Professional boxing forgot this dictum, and it has almost killed the sport. Boxing was once one of the most popular sports in the United States. The heavyweight champion was an internationally recognized and respected...

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A Comforting Thought for the Holidays

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Nobody wants a stranger breaking into their house, which is we put locks on our doors. And as a result, sometimes we lock ourselves out of our own houses. I even had a friend who once locked himself out of his house twice in the same day. So, we hire...

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The Bachelor, Jersey Shore and Election 2012: How to Shape Reality

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:17 AM

Imagine that you produce a reality television program. Your cameras film hundreds, maybe thousands, of hours of footage per episode, most of which is extremely dull: cast members brushing their teeth, cooking dinner, reading the newspaper, watching television... the normal everyday activities that fill our lives. True, there...

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Things That Shouldn't Decide the Outcome (But Might)

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 11:11 PM

The polls indicate that the race is tightening up. Obama seems to have a lead in the Electoral College, although even that is less assured today than in was three weeks ago. It is increasingly likely that either the national vote total or the Electoral College be decided...

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Stop the Debates

(7) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 6:32 PM

The presidential and vice presidential debates should be immediately stopped. They are a waste of time. They encourage voters to focus on trivial, meaningless factors. And they have little or nothing to do with actual policy.

Think about what we've seen in the debates so far. In the first debate,...

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Throwing a Yellow Flag at Election Officials

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 2:35 PM

At the beginning of the 2012 NFL season Brian Stropolo was probably somewhat nervous, and more than a bit excited, about his new job. After all, he was going to the big leagues -- serving as a replacement referee in the NFL until a contract could be negotiated with the...

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Voter ID and Other Toilet Seat Issues

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 7:09 PM

Sometimes the debate matters more than the issue.

Married couples understand this. When they are fighting about whether to leave the toilet seat up or down, the actual issue is pretty secondary. After all, whether one person regularly has to lift the seat, or the other person regularly has to...

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Eliminate the Electoral College

(430) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 8:05 PM

The Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics today.

The primary impact of the Electoral College is to give the citizens of some states more influence over the presidential election than citizens of other states. If you live in a Battleground State you are showered...

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The Strength of American Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 7:11 PM

American democracy has never been stronger.

That may seem like an incredibly naïve thing to say, given these tough times. Unemployment rates are high, foreclosures remain a pressing concern for many communities, and real wages continue to stagnate for most Americans. Conservatives are rightly worried about the budget deficit and...

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Obama's Olympic Bump

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 7:34 PM

"Americans love a winner" -- General George S. Patton

Michael Phelps. Abby Wambach. Kerri Walsh. Allyson Felix. Gabby Douglas. These are just a few of the many American winners from 2012 Olympic Games. But the biggest winner of all may be Barack Obama.

The Olympic Games, for all of...

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