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The Conservative 'Party' Dominates

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

There is a very widely shared myth about "Washington." Accordingly, there are two camps, the right-wing GOP and the left-leaning Democrats, who are more or less matched. Each control one house of Congress, and command about half of the electorate. Hence, the gridlock. Gridlock exists when one party pulls east and the other party pulls west and, hence, nothing budges. This is not the case in Washington. Here, most times, one party wants to move east and the other wants to stay put. Thus, what appears as gridlock is actually one conservative blocking victory after another. The fact that the last Congress passed only half as many bills as most previous ones does not trouble the conservatives one bit.

Pakistan's Collaborative Democracy -- Benefits of Dualistic Politics

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 03.04.2013 | Home
Liaquat Ali Khan

Pakistan's collaborative democracy -- a form of government under which the leading political parties engage in dualistic politics of simultaneously governing and sitting in opposition -- has surfaced as a consequence of fortuitous election results.

Where Is America's Heart?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

It was also an America with a real moral compass that was based on high ideals rather than extremist beliefs. That was an America with both brains and heart, and with the essence of Rocky. So where is that America now, and how can we find it again?

Why I Am (Not) Surprised

Mickey Costa | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Mickey Costa

I don't know who to blame more, Obama or the American people. I mean, Congress is clearly solely to blame, but that is nothing new -- no secret there.

For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Why philosophy? Because the study of philosophy, the "love of wisdom," creates and nurtures thoughtful minds, minds that can -- as Aristotle suggests -- entertain a thought without accepting it.

Budget Deal Before the End of the World?

Beth Armogida | Posted 02.18.2013 | Comedy
Beth Armogida

President Obama and Speaker Boehner are trying to reach a budget deal before Christmas and the fiscal cliff. Screw Christmas and the fiscal cliff. They better hurry up before the Earth explodes on Friday.

Face to Face With the Faceless Regulators

Preeti Vissa | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Rather than the ideological gridlock that has become the beltway standard, we need our leaders to use this post-election moment to hit the ground running with real reforms that connect to people.

A Comforting Thought for the Holidays

Mike Edwards | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Edwards

Americans, whether they are gun-toting conservatives from Texas or hipster liberals from New York, mostly want the same things. In this era of political polarization and gridlock, I find that an extremely comforting thought.

Why Gridlock Is Good (If You're a Progressive)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Gridlock is the political equivalent of a medically induced coma. Basic life functions continue while a critical disease runs its course. Being in a coma isn't good for anyone, but when the disease is worse, a coma may be the only way to return to health.

A Fiscal Cliff Compromise?

Daniel Simon | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Daniel Simon

The fiscal cliff is quickly approaching and unlike what Americans were hearing for the previous four years, it looks as though Congress and the presid...

'Shared Is Not Incompatible With The American Dream'

J. Michael Welton | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

One visionary architecture firm is suggesting that battery-powered cars be shared rather than owned. That communal farms be set up. And that homes in the suburbs be owned by multiple entities.

The Meaning of a Do-Nothing Election

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

This country is stuck in a hell of its own making that passes for everyday life at a moment when the world, for better and/or worse, is coming unstuck in all sorts of ways.

Why Obama Won: The Wishful Delusions of the Right and Left

Bill Shireman | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Bill Shireman

Here is a better path, for both progressives and conservatives. Embrace your core values. They don't need to be compromised. But let go of your attachment to forms and structures.

The Next President Needs to Lead

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

I am of the strong belief that the President of the United States, the most powerful and supposedly influential person in the world, needs, first off, to stay in Washington long enough to devise and implement a workable plan to bring political gridlock in Washington to a permanent death.

5 Steps to Curing Election Dysfunction

Danielle Brian | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Danielle Brian

Those of us who care deeply about good government need to harness this moment of public engagement before the energy dissipates and people conclude that their voice is useful only for creating angry Facebook postings but not for contributing to genuine reform.

Janell Ross

Limited NYC Subways, Tunnels Become Operational Following Hurricane Sandy | Janell Ross | Posted 11.01.2012 | New York

Several New York City subway lines will resume partial operations Thursday morning at 6 a.m. EDT and vehicle access to Manhattan will largely be restr...

Ending Washington Gridlock

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

There's plenty of blame to go around, but simply finding fault doesn't accomplish anything. We need practical solutions.

Some appealing features of a parliamentary system

Eric Black | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

What are the basic differences between the parliamentary system and an American-style setup? And what parliamentary features might look appealing to gridlock-frustrated Americans? Here's a rundown.

Memo to the President: Find Your Voice Now or Face Losing

Jerry Lanson | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Barack Obama can't afford to play it safe and hope he'll win. The president can't sit back until Labor Day before energizing his campaign. If he does, he'll lose.

Pols Apart

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

Strengthening the civic education of the next generation of Americans through exercises in which students have to agree on controversial issues might help. But that will take time. And we can't afford to wait.

Elise Foley

Ron Paul Makes Appeal To Iowa Moderates And Undecided Voters | Elise Foley | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- As Ron Paul falls behind Mitt Romney in the polls, he is attempting to win over moderates and undecided voters, telling them ...

You Can't Get There From Here

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Compromise was on the wane in our nation's Capitol before the elections of 2010. It has become virtually non-existent since.

The Super Committee and the Domestic Cold War

Jeff Goldstein | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics
Jeff Goldstein

The headline Super Committee Stalled As Deadline Approaches is ominous. I'm trying hard to view this through a prism of rationalit­y and not let emot...

Mike Bloomberg for Treasury Secretary

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Naming Bloomberg Treasury secretary would be a bold move by Obama to seek a post-partisan truce against gridlock in Washington and to escalate an urgent bid to create jobs, revitalize housing and revive the economy.

Reform Society -- Save Ourselves

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hough Jones

This is a summary introduction to my 2,600-word essay, "Reform Society -- Save Ourselves." In America, we live in a fragmented society. Congressiona...