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Post-Party Democracy Can Restore the Rule of the Many Over Money

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.09.2014 | 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.

Why Jimmy LaSalvia Has Become a Welcome Independent Voice in the U.S.

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

On Monday last, Jimmy LaSalvia, who co-founded the U.S. Republican LGBT group, GOProud, announced on his website that he has left the Republican Party, and has become independent.

America Growing Even More Deeply Divided

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas...

Why Football and Baseball Bring Balance to America

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 02.22.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.

Celebrity Clerk: Gov. Bobby Jindal -- A Cartoon

Mike Spicer | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Mike Spicer

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The Roots of Our Political Dysfunction

James Zogby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

The question, as it has been framed, is: how could a minority of hard-line extremists generate enough fear that they were able paralyze their party's leadership forcing the government to shut down and bringing the nation to the brink of default?

The Wrong Battle: Why Today's Politicians Are Fighting the Wrong Battles & Setting Us All Back

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Eric Quon-Lee

One of the many reasons that people are being 'turned off' by political discourse is due to the fact that it is failing to address the underlying root causes of individual dissatisfaction. Frameworks have yet to adapt to these new realities.

Hey Congress, Here's What Real Leadership Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

The U.S. government shutdown has entered its third week of blame, frustration and stalemate. Among other consequences, shutdown collateral has resulte...

What if America Ends With a Whimper?

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?

Is American Politics Broken?

Craig Snyder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Craig Snyder

The first Federal government shut down in 17 years. The prospect of the first ever default on our nation's debt. Why can't our political parties compr...

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy at Three: Time for Recommitment to Ending AIDS in America

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

We now have the effective tools and improved policies necessary to begin to end the AIDS epidemic in America, but our biggest challenges lie ahead.

Why the Anger?

Robert Reich | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Why is there more anger, vituperation, and political polarization now than even during Joe McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, the divisive Vietnam war, or the Watergate scandal?

Stop the Haters: Shmuley Boteach and Cory Booker Bring Hope to American Politics

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

A spate of recent articles has wondered whether Cory Booker is "too Jewish" and too conservative in his views on the U.S.-Israel relationship. They analyze and speculate on his friendships with two Orthodox rabbis. In doing so, they reflect all that is wrong with American politics and Jewish life.

You Have No Privacy. So What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

We can, and should, be angry to learn that all of our communications and movements have been secretly monitored for years. But we can't escape our own responsibility by claiming to be surprised.

Back to the Future?

Mark D. Weinberg | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Mark D. Weinberg

Neither Reagan nor Clinton (Bill, at least) will occupy the Oval Office again. But it might be worth thinking about what made them successful when we choose their future successors.

The George W. Bush (Ka-pow!) Presidential Museum Experience

Saladin Ambar | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Saladin Ambar

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum may be the single most ironic, self-deceiving, quasi-religio-patriotic experience you'll ever witness in your life.

Orthodoxy and Change

Gary Hart | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

Underlying all the media focus on the cardinals' selection of a new pope, and the predictable focus on personality over meaning, was a much greater struggle between tradition and reform, conservatism and progress. That struggle mirrors politics in America and most western democracies.

Drones: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I don't have much to say about drones that isn't being said, except that -- as my late grandmother, may she rest in peace, would have put it -- they're just plain wrong.

Oh, Where Have You Gone, Mr. Roosevelt? Our Nation Turns Its Angry Eyes to You

Jon Knokey | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Jon Knokey

The partisan political environment in America provides opportunity for the next generation of American leaders. Don't believe it? Just ask Theodore Roosevelt.

Meeting Medicare Again, for the First Time

Brian Kahn | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Brian Kahn

I sat down at the computer with quiet anxiety. I've never warmed to the cold, iridescent screen, somehow removed from the flesh and blood life I have ...

A Brief Thought on "American Duty"

Meredith Hutchison | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Meredith Hutchison

It is my right to exercise free speech and it is the government's duty to uphold that right. So, what are my minimum duties as an American to my government, my nation, and my fellow citizens, and how do I know those are my duties?

Social Security: What Is At Stake? Why Now?

Robert E. Prasch | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Prasch

For the second time in little over a year, the Obama Administration has made a pre-emptive offer to change the formula for adjusting Social Security's Cost of Living Adjustment formula as part of a "Grand Bargain." What is at stake?

American Politics: I'm With Crazy

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Why do Republicans say and do things that make no sense? For a decade I've assumed the Republican Party had four wings: the sincere, saintly, sinister, and stupid.

Campaigning on the Cheap: An Independent Path Forward

Abel Collins | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Abel Collins

Some think we should let the Democrats and Republicans continue their ruinous policies of selling out the American people to Big Business. I can't in good conscience let that happen, so let me explain why 2014 will be the year we see at least one Independent in the House.

Gaza and the Need for Muslim Activism in America

Ethan Casey | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

To my Muslim friends, I respectfully suggest that life will improve for Muslims in Palestine and Pakistan, and for all of us in America, the day that thousands of American Muslim families show up at Disney World all wearing green t-shirts.