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American Democracy

The Gift of a Brat

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 01.02.2017 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

The unrelenting power of the "Southern Strategy" is arguably the single biggest impediment to America's survival as a democracy. The ability to push f...

Why My Young Nephew Resolves to Become More Political

Carla Seaquist | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

I have made a vow to myself that I won't stand around and just watch things around me anymore, but take a stand now when I believe we need it the most.

Thank Liberalism for Donald Trump

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Ten years ago, I predicted the rise of a new form fascism in the United States and Europe, suggesting that the injustices and contradictions of the capitalist system were growing too large to be contained any longer by the existing liberal political order.

The Most Important Reason For You To Vote This Election Has Nothing To Do With Clinton Or Trump

Andy Manatos | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Andy Manatos

For decades, our collective confidence in the strength of our democracy has enabled us to shrug off our consistently dismal voter turnout, among the lowest in the developed world.

An Immigrants Love Song - Vote To Renew American Democracy!

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Robert V. Taylor

For the soul and renewal of America, we immigrants need to vote. And if you remember your own immigrant roots join us in renewing the very things that make us unique.

Restoring Our Republic

Rep. John Sarbanes | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Rep. John Sarbanes

Keeping our republic has become the passion of millions of Americans who are convinced that their government is broken. They see a Congress captured by special interests and frustratingly unresponsive to the needs of everyday Americans. Whatever else they may disagree about, Democrats, Republicans and Independents have all arrived at the same explanation for the rot in our politics: Big Money.

Don't Bust: Iranian-Americans Need To Have A Voice In The Political Process

Holly Dagres | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Holly Dagres

This isn't a plea to ask Iranian-Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton. However, when it comes to minorities, it's unclear whether we stand a chance against a man who spews vitriol and rants about bans and walls.

American Growing Pains: Donald Trump, Congress, and the Plague of Hate

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Wading through this moment of political uncertainty and transition presents us with an opportunity to reflect on three issues that seem to be at the forefront of American politics: The threat of a single man and his bombastic rhetoric attempting to override the American system, the recognition that Congress is in need of a democratic revitalization, and the fact that hate serves only to undermine democracy.

Trump: The GOP's Creation

Arthur Fox | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Arthur Fox

American voters are fed up with politicians. Seemingly, they do not trust and will oppose anyone who is a professional politician. Why?

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

NY Magazine | Kelly Chen | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised ...

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

Me, The People

Brian Ross | Posted 03.05.2017 | Politics
Brian Ross

E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. That motto on our currency used to mean something before the advent of Me, the People. In 21st century America, Lady Liberty is a narcissist.

Don't Cry for Me, America

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Whether or not Donald Trump ultimately succeeds in winning the White House, historians are likely to rank him as the most consequential presidential candidate of at least the past half-century.

The Anger Election of 2016: How Will We Handle Our Anger?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Anger: While it can be a propellant endlessly regenerating itself, anger can blind us and, as Shakespeare tell us, make us deaf---to compromise, nuance, specificity; we now disparage the motivation and character of our political opposites.

Angles in America: How Immigrants can Save Our Union

Jason Shulman | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Jason Shulman

Welcoming immigrants should, from this point of view, be seen as a kind of tonic that brings democracy back to its roots, roots which always involve the struggle to assimilate, change, enlarge frontiers both physical, philosophical and social.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY: It's a Beautiful Thing When Democracy Prevails

Marianne Williamson | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

The LGBT community waged a brilliant strategic campaign and won a well-deserved victory in America this week. May their win be a blessing on all citizens whose lives will improve because of this expansion of their democratic freedoms, and an inspiration to all of us for the work that still lies ahead.

Fukuyama Talks To China About The Sorry State Of American Democracy

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.30.2015 | Home

In this premiere episode of a new Chinese Youku series produced by Guancha.cn, Shanghai scholar/entrepreneur Eric X. Li talks with political scientist...

Dueling Dollars Diminish American Democracy

Frank Islam | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Frank Islam

The bottom line is that American voter participation in the electoral process has always been a fragile crucible. The influx of big money has put new cracks in that crucible - and if not stopped could shatter it altogether.

How Our Declaration of Independence Can Help Set Us Free Today

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What if we put our Declaration of Independence on an equal footing with the Constitution, and give it the force of law?

College Football and the 2014 Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

The course of American democracy may be decided on the first Saturday of November in the following college football games: Florida vs Georgia, Michigan vs Indiana, Illinois vs Ohio State, and Texas vs Texas Tech.

Post-Party Democracy Can Restore the Rule of the Many Over Money

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.19.2014 | Home
Nathan Gardels

Now legally for sale to the highest bidder, multi-party representative democracy may well be compromised beyond repair. When elected officials increasingly represent their contributors instead of constituents, voting becomes a form of disenfranchisement disguised as consent of the governed. The more things get out of hand, the less radical the alternatives appear. To restore the rule of the many over money, we need to go way beyond the same old campaign financing debate and start thinking about reforming our system of democratic governance itself. It's time to open up the political imagination and think outside the conventional ballot box.

Building the New Populism

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Although Americans are concerned about lots of issues -- the minimum wage, decent jobs, healthcare, education, and protection of the environment, to name only a few -- what they crave is a reassertion of fundamental American values: fairness, justice, and equal opportunity for all.

Can the Christie Bridge Scandal Damage Democracy?

Brian Ross | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

With Chris Christie's ongoing Bridgegate "scandal," U.S. democracy might be joining the New Jersey governor's political future, going the way of the Dodo bird as well.

Political Point Spread -- None Dare Call It Democracy

Richard Greener | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Richard Greener

There's a Super Bowl about to be played in the U.S. Senate and the point spread favors the Republicans.

Some Perspective on Egypt

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As coups go it was a fairly restrained one, but celebrating a populist/military overthrow of a democratically-elected leader is an unusual stance for Americans to take, for obvious reasons. Even if we do like the new guy. Which brings us to a few lessons Americans find very hard to accept.