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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.

The 'Opposition" Isn't Right... But Neither Are You

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

I'm not at all suggesting you give up your viewpoints or your beliefs. Feel free to hold on to any point of view you want. And continue to argue and fight for them. Just don't claim that yours are true and that someone else's is false. None of them are "the truth." And it's fine to prefer one to the other.

The Starbucks or McCafé Crowd: Who Counts More Politically?

Ladan Rafii | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, political candidates want to be seen as "one of us" by voters, but which one counts more: the Starbucks or McCafé crowd?

Why Spain Will Never Be A True Democracy

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Spain is unlikely to become a real democracy in the absence of major changes in the operating system or an upgrade of the operating system itself. It is not possible to understand this statement without having a thorough comprehension of the character or in other words idiosyncrasy of Spaniards as a people.

Liberals, Stop Posting Russell Brand's Interview and Vote

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Regardless of how articulate his summation was, and regardless of how much I enjoy his comedy, Brand is not a part of the solution; in fact it's quite the opposite.

Two-Party Frustration and the Race in Syracuse

Brian Krewson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Brian Krewson

Small parties have obstacles at the federal level. The major parties have inexhaustible funds and internal support. A third-party candidate can't compete against those forces. If smaller, more agile, parties are to compete at the national level, they will first need to succeed locally.

Trends In Party Identification

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

Research suggests that party identification plays a significant role in our lives, as important as religion and ethnicity. Party identification usuall...

Why Republicans Are Disciplined and Democrats Aren't

Robert Reich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

As we head toward renewed battles over the debt ceiling, sequester, and government funding, it's important to understand why Republicans are disciplined and Democrats aren't. The difference has to do with the kind of personalities the two parties attract.

Training the Next Generation

John Feffer | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
John Feffer

There is a great unease among young people in Europe today. The impact on politics has been considerable. Fewer young people are voting in European parliament elections. At the same time, support has surged among young people for extremist politics on the Right.

When It Comes to Washington, Most Americans Blame Both Sides

Brian Schaffner | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Brian Schaffner

2013-03-19-blamepollTraditional polls tend to force respondents to make a choice between whether they assign more blame to one side or the other. But how much blame do Americans assign to either side?

Four Reasons Students Should Vote Libertarian in the Next Election

Uloop | Posted 05.07.2013 | College

Tired of the social injustices of the Republican Party? Frustrated by the intrusive and anti-business economic policies of the Democratic Party? If you answered YES to both of these issues, you may be a secret Libertarian -- you've just never known the right label.

"None of the Above"

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

When agreements are always so far off, and hair-brained ideas like "Sequestration" become policy, we are looking a situation where something drastic is called for.

Obama's Inaugural Leap: From Transformational Leader to Partisan Politician?

Glen Browder | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Is Mr. Obama -- in his inner core -- a transformational philosopher or a partisan politician? Did he change his mind over the past four years? Did he figure out the realities of D-versus-R on Capitol Hill? Does this mean all-out war with the Republicans?

American Democracy No Longer Works as it Has in the Past

Glen Browder | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

In my opinion, the American people are suffering civic depression, the political machinery of American democracy is broken and American national government is not performing satisfactorily.

Issues, Principles and Party Realignment

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Neither party stands for anything permanent. For several years, I've been hoping for a realignment that produces a party system representing mainstream America, with the fringe elements agitating in the wings. I'm still hoping.

Bye, Bye Bipartisan Dating: New Online Dating Sites Let You You Screen For Political Party

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 12.06.2012 | Women

If you follow politics, chances are you've seen odd couple Mary Matalin and James Carville engaged in one of their signature debates. Carville, a Demo...

Can an Intellectually Honest Progressive Support the Obama Administration?

Quora | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Joshua Engel, Polymath America is a nation of 300,000,000 people. We select one President.Yo...

Will We Ever See Another Major Political Realignment Like the One That Flipped the South From Being Dominated by Democrats To Being Solidly Republican?

Quora | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Sean Trende, Senior Elections Analyst,, co-author, Almanac of American ...

Why Partisan Voting Makes Accountability Impossible

Todd Phillips | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

What problems and injustices in our society bother you? Whatever it is, the only way those problems can be addressed is by a government that is truly accountable to the people. We believe a system of Local Electors would do just that.

The Presidential Debate Was Good Theater, But...

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Those who do not see any personal benefit to paying taxes to help those in need frequently also have lots of money to invest in political outcomes. Does anyone honestly believe that the numerous groups of poor have the resources to change this reality?

Conventional Thinking

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many have already commented how the national nominating conventions have morphed over time to become nothing more than protracted infomercials for each party. 'Twasn't always thus, however.