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California Tames Its Direct Democracy

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Addressing concerns about the growing influence of special interests on California's initiative process and the decline of voter participation, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation that strengthens legislative and public oversight of ballot measures and increases transparency within a century-old process that has been stubbornly resistant to change.

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

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
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.

At Davos, A Forum For Global Conversation Is Born

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

On Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, Arianna Huffington and Nicolas Berggruen invited some of the world’s most prominent academics, journalists and b...

THE MAN WHO LIVED AT AOL And 7 More Extreme Homeless Stories | Posted 06.05.2012 | Weird News

From the man who secretly lived at AOL to the billionaire with no house, the stories of homeless people are sure to surprise....