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Dysfunctional Democracy

Reform Congress/Save Ourselves-II

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hough Jones

Introduction: I published this essay on 09-11-11. I received comments that helped clarify aspects of it. This is a revision. Thesis: We live in a ...

Reform Congress - Save Ourselves

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hough Jones

Thesis We live in a fragmented society. We are overwhelmed. Influtrol (a word I will be explaining) is a major cause. Influtrol has become endemic in ...

Diversionary Dangers of Amending the Constitution

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Post Citizens United vs. FEC, Americans should be less concerned with who spends money on campaigns and more concerned by ill-informed citizens who enable that spending to have a profound effect.

Seeking Civic Virtue in "Citizens United"

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

If this is the end of democracy as we know it, I say good riddance, because that is precisely what's brought us to this present moment of gridlock and polarization and corruption.

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.