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Dysfunctional Democracy

The Abdication of the Press, and the Harm it Does American Democracy

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

With a press that regards itself as having fulfilled its responsibilities when it treats the truth and the lie evenhandedly, is it any wonder that we are in an era where the lie so often defeats the truth?

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.