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The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

The Black Box: Range Voting

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Range voting eliminates spoilers and splitting the vote between two good candidates. It gives voters a chance to show how much they dislike someone, rather than just being silent. For these reasons, Range Voting is superior to Instant Runoff Voting.

Electoral Anarchy

Rob Stein | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Rob Stein

The Republican presidential primary spectacle is the beginning of electoral anarchy. The same disruptive conditions and forces that are bedeviling Republicans this primary season are likely to discombobulate future Democratic presidential primaries and to morph inevitably into general election anarchy.

The Start of a New Political Year for Fools

Jacques Attali | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Jacques Attali

The French political class, rather blandly, is preparing for the new political year, using the traditional method that lies very far from the issues at stake -- in short, the worst method, one that is not worthy of the country.

Republicans Are About To Gut Campaign Finance Rules Even Further

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are trying yet again to use the appropriations process to roll back campaign finance regulations. This time t...

Don't Tell the Catholic Church, but Heresy Is Actually a Good Thing

David Benko | Posted 07.07.2015 | Teen
David Benko

My status as heretic derives from the fact that I don't identify myself with any established political philosophies. I will look at a solution to a problem, and if it works, I will support it, and if it doesn't, then I will not.

Political Independents Are At A Record High. Political Independence Isn't.

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

More Americans identify as political independents than ever before, but that doesn't mean their actual political views -- or the way they vote -- have...

Help Wanted, Now Hiring -- Leader of the United States

Robert Hall | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

Democracy is a relational form of government. True Relational Leadership aspires to navigate this country to its unifying destiny not its leaders' polarizing re-election. Hiring our next leader starts with selecting a WHO that will lead us together to WHAT.

Americans Think Republicans Are Intolerant, Too Extreme, And Right On Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

There's good news and bad news for both parties, in a Pew Research poll out Thursday: Republicans are seen as extreme and intolerant but more trusted ...


Marcia Liss | Posted 03.28.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss



Martin Marty | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

In his Dec. 30 Wall Street Journal column, William Galston makes a point that is appropriate to recall in this season and at a time when, as often before, some probably well-intentioned republican people and movements want to counter and destroy our unstable but creative covenant that makes room for secular and religious appeals and agencies alike.

Electoral Systems and the Democracy Gap in Southern Europe

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
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.

What David Brooks Gets Wrong About 'Partyism'

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

Although Brooks decries the extent to which political appeals are phrased in existential terms, he simply tries to wish away the fact that politics addresses fundamental moral issues that go to the heart of what life is all about.

Ballot Boxers

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Review of The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind: How Self-Interest Shapes Our Opinions and Why We Won't Admit It. By Jason Weeden & Robert Kurzban...

9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat)

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Tuesday's midterm elections handed Republicans full control of Congress, which will soon include an increasing number of extremely conservative (and l...

What Do Millennials Want?

Bob Burnett | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Attempting to predict the outcome of the November 4th midterm elections, political observers have scratched their heads at the behavior of the youngest U.S. demographic segment, the Millennials.

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Despite Heated Politics, Most Americans Still Align With Democrats Or GOP

AP | By JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it's the Republicans or the Democrats, America's political parties are far from beloved. Yet most people continue to align...

America's Polarization Reaches New Peak

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

Americans are increasingly polarized, ideologically divided, and hostile toward those they disagree with, according to a wide-ranging Pew Research rep...

The Blackmocrats

Hermene Hartman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices
Hermene Hartman

The Democratic Party takes the Black vote for granted and lines up with the ministers as political ambassadors, while the business of the Black community is ignored. At the same time, there is very little Black political participation with the Republicans.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

19th-Century General Teaches 21st-Century Economists and Politicians: Arthur Wellesley and the IMF Programs in Portugal

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Last week, the Prime Minister of Portugal announced the end of the third intervention of the International Monetary Fund in the country since 1978. But the challenges Portugal faces in building a flexible economy will continue.

Four Decades after the 'Third Wave of Democratization' and the Irrelevance of Political Parties' Differences in Portugal: 1974-2014

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In the last forty years, periods of economic growth, stagnation, and recession have occurred in equal measure irrespective of which party held the power.

The Perpetual Frustration of the Political Vanquishment Fantasy

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

We all suffer because we imagine how wonderful the world will be when we vanquish the opposition and are finally able to achieve our political goals and enjoy the benefits of a society that lives by our values -- but this is a fantasy.

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.