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Representative Democracy

Five Reasons 'Representative Democracy' is Failing Us

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.01.2016 | Home
Christian Piatt

We're not stupid. There's a sense that the system is broken, because it is. The media decry our lack of engagement in the political process, and the political party leaders sigh at the apparent collective indifference to their pleas for higher voter turnout. But to what end?

Affirmative Action for Rural America?

Steven Conn | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Steven Conn

At the center of Evenwel v. Abbott is a math problem: How do we calculate the size of legislative districts? The answer to that question depends on how we define the principle of "one person, one vote."

Electoral Systems and the Democracy Gap in Southern Europe

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.28.2015 | Home
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.

Pakistan's Mob Democracy

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Home
Liaquat Ali Khan

Mob democracy is a violent form of direct democracy, periodically activated in Pakistan to confuse, frighten, and undermine representative governments established under the Pakistan Constitution.

A Four-party System for the U.S.

Alan Krinsky | Posted 09.08.2013 | Home
Alan Krinsky

What we ought to do is scrap this system and replace it with one consisting of four major parties. Even this will not cover all Americans, but it will certainly encompass more of us and within a more rational framework. For what might these four major parties stand?

For Sale: Very Large, Slightly Damaged Country

Tom Gerdy | Posted 03.08.2013 | Home
Tom Gerdy

At this point in our history, I am certain the country would be listed in realtor's terms as a "fixer-upper" or a "handyman special." This country might not have a long history compared with others around the world, but it has a strong one.

The Island States of America: A Threat to Our Representative Democracy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.28.2013 | Home
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

These folks are what we refer to as the looney tunes fringe of the electorate. They have a right to their own opinion and we would like to see them have rights as individuals clustered together to secede from the United States.

The Need to Lead

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lance Simmens

A large part of the pervasive distrust of our political institutions and elected officials reflects the continuing inability of a system to do what we need and not what we want.

Exceptional Democracy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Weigant

If America is truly supposed to be exceptional in all things, why do other countries -- almost without exception -- decide our governmental structure isn't really for them, when it comes time to choose?

A Poll Is Not a Vote

Elizabeth Westling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Westling

So many political pundits claim to know what "We, the People" want. They claim to have polled a sufficient number of folks from every walk of life and to know error what it is the people desire.

Where Elizabeth Warren Got It Wrong

Jason Paez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jason Paez

The simple truth is that when American corporations pursue profit -- successfully or not -- as long as they stay within the law, they are functioning exactly as we designed them to.

Did Obama's Address Remind Anyone Else of the the Season Opener of Glee?

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Rigby

The partisan dynamics currently at play on Capitol Hill resemble a high school full of cliques, power differentials, and image-conscious participants more than a democratic problem-solving body.