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Self Government

More Than a Dream

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The future -- as well as the present -- is what we make of it. That's how dreams come true: "We ... will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water."

Crisis of Self-Government

William E. White | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Today, We the People are losing confidence in our institutions. But the treasure of American self-government is too precious to take for granted, and far too precious to discard.

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.

Our Unethical Republic

William E. White | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
William E. White

Obedience to the law is not enough. Americans demand legal and ethical behavior from themselves and their fellow citizens.

American Crisis

William E. White | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
William E. White

We live in critical times. So has every other generation of American citizens. We cannot realize the promise of our American Revolution by restoring the past. We cannot become the "summer soldier and sunshine patriot" of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis.

Reflections on Elections

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

We feel stymied, frustrated that there's no truly effective way to have our say in the political decision-making process that affects all our lives. And we're wrong.

The 2-Party System Is Dead -- What's Next?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Well, it's on. The latest political gold rush to form a viable 3rd party. At the top of the food chain, backed by hedge fund guys, is Amercans Elect...

Crowdsourcing for the Common Good

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

What if there were a way to neuter ideological extremists, and zero out the oversized influence of lobbyists and big money and all the corruption that follows? And do it pretty damn quick.

Waiting for Jeremiah

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Tea Partiers may have neither the wisdom nor self-restraint to right the moral ship of state. But when reason and patience fail, the call for a Jeremiah to administer the call for repentance grows.

A Land of Nuts and Money

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

For months the punditry and chattering classes have promised a democratic debacle on November 2. If we sit on our hands, they will be proven right, de...

Make Your Voice Heard Without Screaming

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Most concerned citizens are frustrated that they can't seem to make their voices heard by elected officials. But is that really true? Or is there a way to radically amplify public voice -- and build a powerful lobby of informed active citizens?

Optimizing Democracy

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

While issue after mega-issue begs in vain for wise and farsighted solutions from our fearless leaders -- politically-engaged citizens shake their heads in disgust and disbelief.

Happy Thanksgiving(?)

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paula Gordon

This and every second Monday of October, an entire First World nation takes the day off to cherish all that is best. Today is Thanksgiving Day. In Canada.

Public Still Trusts Corporations More Than Self-Government

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Marketing works.  But we already knew that.  Big business has been marketing the idea that corporations making decisions for us is better th...