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Representative Democracy

A Four-party System for the U.S.

Alan Krinsky | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
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 | Politics
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 | Politics
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 | Politics
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 | Politics
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 | Politics
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 | Business
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 | Politics
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.