If America is to be ruled by whoever commands the most money, it will be the corporate system, far more than individual billionaires, that calls the shots.
Social movements didn't disappear from Slovenia. Some groups became professionalized, like the Peace Institute. Other voluntary organizations continued, particularly among the younger generation. But they no longer had the prominence or influence they enjoyed during that brief period in the 1980s.
Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.
Wisconsinites became more and more aware we were dealing with an enemy of democracy. American voters would be wise to learn from our experience.
When Lee Kuan Yew died this year, questions rang out across the globe: was this the end of an era? More specifically, would it be the end of the only style of governance Singapore has known?
On June 24, 2015, we went to the police station, but to file a complaint of brutality rather than respond to the summons against us. At last, our powerless bare hands which had been unable to shake the junta's power began to cause them worry.
The middle class no longer has a voice. We now have zero influence on our own government.8 For the middle and working classes, we're back to where this nation started: Taxation without representation.
If, as the quip goes, democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others, that doesn't mean we should accept its limitations. And we haven't.
By the time of the Greek Revolution of 1821, Greece had gone through some four centuries of brutal Turkish military occupation. The effects of tyranny on Greece were catastrophic. The country was depopulated and in ruins.
Big data is threatening to crush local democracy across the country -- and if it succeeds, it may distort local transit and infrastructure development for decades to come.
In the image and reality of democracy some recourse to the people is essential. It must involve rich and directly effective activity by citizens and transparent inspiration by leaders.
U.S.-Mexico relations are also in desperate need of "normalization." In order to best support the democratic development south of the Rio Grande, the U.S. should break with the silent pact of impunity with corrupt Mexican officials and open up the bilateral agenda to active bottom-up citizen participation.
Anecdotal evidence from the last decade suggests that U.S. officials need to consider the multiple ways in which the rising global middle class is fueling radical politics.
Present-day politicians are, if nothing else, products of their carefully-constructed media savvy teams that run their campaigns with talking points and few facts and even less passion.
On Thursday morning, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was arrested outside Kampala while travelling to meet with supporters of his nascent presidential campaign. These grassroots gatherings are an important first step in Mbabazi's struggle to revive Ugandan democracy.
As if Republicans did not have enough to worry about with Donald Trump, the visit of Pope Francis to the United States in September, which includes an unprecedented address to a joint session of congress, may portend even more trouble.