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Are "Democracies" Run by the People, for the People?

Constantine Tzanos | Posted 07.12.2016 | Home
Constantine Tzanos

The preamble of the U.S. Constitution states: "We the People of the United States... do ordain and establish this Constitution..." This is widely interpreted to mean that "popular sovereignty - power to the people - is the foundation upon which the entire Constitution depends."

America's Political Arab Spring

Christine Horner | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Christine Horner

The truth is the ripple effect of Bouazizi's actions continues to reverberate around the world, including the U.S. as rage boiling over. The disenfranchised and those who've always suspected their vote doesn't count for much are determined to have their say.

The Future of Elections

David Vognar | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
David Vognar

We need to set an example to the world, which is facing a recession of democratic governance. Exploring ways to empower the people's vote would be the biggest innovation in governance in a long, long time.

Electoral Systems and the Democracy Gap in Southern Europe

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.28.2015 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The discrepancy between the U.S. and Europe in what concerns direct democracy is shocking and absurd in this day and age. Current electoral systems in Southern Europe are an assault on the ideal of a modern democracy.

A Global Action Leadership School in the Making

Otto Scharmer | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Otto Scharmer

I had an interesting week. On Monday I attended a book launch event in Denmark. The idea of the organizers was to create a "Nordic Forum" to bring together leaders and change-makers from many systems and sectors who are using awareness-based technologies of change.

Ballot Initiatives Gone Wild

Jessica Levinson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Want to change how many lawmakers it takes to pass the state's budget? Pass a ballot initiative. Want to change the definition of marriage? Pass a ballot initiative. Want to cut or increase taxes? Pass a ballot initiative.

Ringing in 2014: A New Political Experiment in India

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Home
Prem M. Trivedi

As India looks forward to the new year, a political party's ability to usher in a new era of governance will be keenly observed not only by Indians, but also by those around the world interested in political reform.

5 Ways the U.S. Can Have an Icelandic Revolution

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

"We have to nationalize the banks. We have to get rid of the government. We need to have access to the internet seen as a human right. We need to have...

The Subversion of Direct Democracy

Roy Ulrich | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Roy Ulrich

The truth is that the give and take of the legislative process is a much better way to make public policy, especially on complex issues.

Carne Ross: Participatory Democracy Opens Political Process

David Vognar | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
David Vognar

Former British diplomat Carne Ross doesn't know why we're spending so much time following the presidential campaigns. "We have been led to believe that one little vote every few years is meaningful when I think intuitively, secretly we know it's meaningless," he says.

Are Michigan Republicans Scared of Democracy?

Paul Ruth | Posted 07.02.2012 | Detroit
Paul Ruth

It might seem like an odd idea, but recent proposals, changes, and questionable intentions make this question worth answering.

Ten Steps for Radical Revolution USA

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Bill Quigley

If those in government and those in power do not help the people do what is right, people seeking change must together exercise our human rights and bring about these changes directly.

Laying Waste to the Usual Objections About Democracy: Demagogues

Roslyn Fuller | Posted 03.14.2012 | Media
Roslyn Fuller

Nine out of ten times the first objection that people make to direct democracy is the possibility of ending up with demagogues whipping their fellow c...

Direct Democracy and Its Dangers

Charles Landow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Landow

Democratically elected governments often do things that many of their people oppose. However, in some states that situation is reversed: citizens are taking steps opposed by their elected leaders.

Democracy Not for the "Touchy, Feely"

Chris Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Cassidy

Governance is a contact sport that shouldn't allow for having your ideas voted on while you cower from public scrutiny. Voters who passed the Public Records Act understood that; the Supreme Court's respect for that judgment should be applauded.

'Vote No on Everything' Urges Changes to California Proposition System

Brian Normoyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Normoyle

The voters of California sent another message that they want their leaders and legislators to do their jobs. The problem is the very system used to send this message is at least partially to blame for the state's problems.

Cal Prop. 8 and Direct Democracy "Run Amok"

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Let Prop. 8 be the impetus by which Californians reestablish some sanity to the initiative process.