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David Harsanyi: US Has Too Much Democracy

Monday, 10 Mar 2014 03:26 PM By Bill Hoffmann newsmax.com A misunderstanding of democracy is to blame for the legislative gridlock on Capitol Hill, says David Harsanyi, author of the new book “The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy.” “Gridlock is an organic reaction to what went on when the […]

Political Horizons: Technology led to political gridlock

BY MARK BALLARD The Advocate [email protected] December 27, 2013 One thing I love about Christmas is the release of all the new books. This year, perhaps because of the current dysfunction in politics, many of the recently released selections have a fatalist feel. “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided […]

The trouble with democracy

David Runciman The Guardian, Friday 8 November 2013 10.00 EST Government shutdowns, petty policy squabbles, voter disaffection – democracy doesn’t seem to work very well. But what’s the alternative? And can we rely on muddling through? It has been a bad few months for western democracy. Over the summer we discovered that while democratic citizens […]

Facing Gridlock, A Bold Proposal for Democracy

By Neil Wollman OpEdNews 10/15/2013 at 16:17:30 In the face of government gridlock over the federal budget, let us consider a new way to make some policy decisions. What if citizens voted not only for candidates in presidential elections, but for policies that directly affect their own welfare–including budget priorities? A strong, definitive public voice […]

Politics is poorly suited to address global warming

By Michael Gerson, Published: October 10 Washington Post The fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has provided undeniable proof of a remarkable phenomenon: a public debate even more bitter and polarized than the budget showdown. The intersection of science and policy, of climate and politics, has become a bloody crossroads. Blog-based […]

Sequestration’s self-inflicted wounds

By Leon Panetta, Published: September 2 Washington Post Leon Panetta was director of central intelligence from 2009 to 2011 and secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013. He was a Democratic representative from California from 1977 to 1994. In my last days as defense secretary earlier this year, I made one final effort on Capitol […]

There Are Good Alternatives to US Capitalism, But No Way to Get There

Counterpoint Press / By Jerry Mander AlterNet July 24, 2013 | The following is an excerpt from Jerry Mander’s new book The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System (Counterpoint, 2013): Let’s start with some good news. There is no shortage of good alternative ideas, plans, and strategies being put forth by activist groups […]

Carving Up the Country

By CHARLES M. BLOW Published: July 26, 2013 NYTimes Our 50 states seem to be united in name only. In fact, we seem to be increasingly becoming two countries under one flag: Liberal Land — coastal, urban and multicultural — separated by Conservative Country — Southern and Western, rural and racially homogeneous. (Other parts of […]

Enjoy the Rules

By FREDDIE DEBOER The New Inquiry A review of Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future? What becomes of America when the social contract can no longer be fulfilled? Generations of parents taught their children about deals that they thought were immutable aspects of the American condition; they now watch their adult children struggle in a […]

Trouble in Paradise

Slavoj Žižek on the global protest 18 July 2013 London Review of Books In his early writings, Marx described the German situation as one in which the only answer to particular problems was the universal solution: global revolution. This is a succinct expression of the difference between a reformist and a revolutionary period: in a […]