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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.

Political Parties Were Never Meant to Be

Todd Phillips | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

The never-ending partisan bickering we hear is noise that distracts us from the real problem--a public that can't realistically participate in democracy. Only by focusing on this root problem can we truly address the problems that face us. We believe this is a good solution.

Did the Founding Fathers Really Want Two Parties?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

One of the enduring American myths we cherish is the two-party system. We must have two parties! To have three parties or more is impossible; to have only one, unthinkable.

Are We in Violent Agreement?

Terry Newell | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

Perhaps like arguing friends or couples, we should step back and take note of what we agree upon.

To Think or Not to Think -- A Tale of Two Platforms

Beth Broderick | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Beth Broderick

It is a lot of work to sift through political party platforms, more than most folks are willing to do. So, I am going to attempt to simplify for the reader what the two parties have in mind for the future of the great state of Texas.

Building Blocks to Increase Women's Economic & Political Progress

Stephenie Foster | Posted 09.03.2012 | Business
Stephenie Foster

Societies must recognize the importance of women, who comprise over half of the world's population, participating fully in policy decisions that are made at the local, national, and international levels.

Starbucks For Democrats, Dunkin' Donuts For Republicans?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

Here's one more thing Republicans and Democrats can disagree on: brands. A new study shows that the products we prefer fall along political lines, ...

Reflections on the Primaries

D. Robert Worley | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

There aren't too many things that can be satisfactorily explained with a single, two-valued variable like left-right. And I never found satisfying a discussion of which of the Republican candidateswas farther right or who was more conservative.

What You Should Always Bring Up On A First Date

Cristen Conger | Posted 07.24.2012 | Women
Cristen Conger

Politics is one of the four topics -- alongside money, sex and religion -- Emily Post says young ladies must never, ever broach on a first date. Here's why women should ignore that advice.

Americans Elect's Failure Is Our Victory

Murray Hill Inc. | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Murray Hill Inc.

Isn't it clear by now that flesh and blood humans have made a complete mess of things? We trust corporations with what we eat, watch, drive, and do online -- so why not complete the circle and give corporations our vote?

The Balance of Power

John Conway | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
John Conway

Political fortunes ebb and flow over time; we pull to the left and then the pendulum swings to the right and then back again.

Divided Politics and Bad Marriages

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Whether the Democrats and Republicans like it or not, they are in bed together and may as well be married. Since the Democrats and Republicans can't divorce, our only hope is that reconciliation is possible.

In the Political Game Today, Divided We Fall

FSView | Posted 06.03.2012 | College
FSView

Somewhere amongst the blob of partisan political analysis, reality television contests and mass commercialization that makes up our popular culture, is a world of politics that attempts to fit in. The problem is, real political discussion cannot exist in such a setting.

A Twisted Tale of Partisan Politics

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

A strange case in Tennessee got my attention. Now it's before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, as the judges consider whether a politica...

The Occupy Movement: Tactics for an Election Year

Ali Hayat | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Ali Hayat

2012 being an election year provides an opportunity to the Occupy movement to translate its general appeal into electoral success and in turn to representation within the American political system.

Examining the Democratic Mechanisms of Political Parties

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.12.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

One could argue that the existence of different political parties makes little difference. This is because regardless of the initial political stance of the winning candidate or party, in most cases they will identify the same electoral issues and often adopt similar measures in response.

The Delusion of a Radical Center

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A well-funded, faux-reformist group known as Americans Elect is promoting a third party presidential candidacy and anticipates qualifying its candidate to be on the ballot in nearly all states.

Coming Soon to a Congress Near You

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Do these sound like any political parties you know? Onepercentocracy (one-per-cent-oc'-ra-cy) -- a system of government where the most fixated on pow...

Occupy Wall Street and the Crisis of Choice

Gabe Zichermann | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Gabe Zichermann

When we start to think of politics as a market-driven activity, and political parties as products we choose to "buy" with our votes, the U.S. system starts to show some basic econometric flaws.

The Day the Parties Died

Krist Novoselic | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Krist Novoselic

Our country is founded on great moments. A great moment is now upon us to leverage technology and change politics to accommodate the demands of the emerging digital democracy.

The Kinde Durkee Scandal and Political Reform

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Durkee may be the Bernie Madoff of California Democrats, having allegedly embezzled from hundreds of campaign accounts. While it might be tempting to view this as an isolated case, the problem cuts much deeper.

Crash The Parties

Rich Tafel | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Rich Tafel

If Americans were told to choose between two cars, shirts, colors or family sizes, we'd rise up in revolt. Tell us we have only two parties, however, and we accept it as though any alternative is unimaginable.

Party of Patriots

Gary Hart | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Our purpose: to bring Americans together; to achieve a just society; to care for the wounded in and out of uniform; to help America stand tall and deserve respect; to be a leading nation in the international community.