The Downside of Democracy (5)
Apr23

The Downside of Democracy (5)

There are so many negative aspects of democracy that it is difficult to focus on one particular problem as being responsible for the failure of democratic elections to produce good government. However, virtually all of the problems with the democratic process result from one aspect that appears to be resistant to correction- the unwillingness of the electorate to study the policies and values of the candidates running for office, to...

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T Is For Tip O’Neill
Apr23

T Is For Tip O’Neill

Although I do not agree with much of what he stood for politically, I do find Thomas “Tip” O’Neill to be one of the best sources for good political stories and analogies. He is of course famous for adopting the mantra ‘all politics is local’ But for me a story he used to tell about his first campaign is telling to all candidates in 2014 (as well as the rest of us). When he first ran for the local town council (while still in college...

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Why should some radical halfway across the country be able to elect your district’s representatives?
Apr23

Why should some radical halfway across the country be able to elect your district’s representatives?

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gets it. And says so. Neither Citizens United nor McCutcheon holds up in the clear light of day. He talks with the New York Times’ Adam Liptak about what he considers a misleading opinion from Chief Justice Roberts. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. started his controlling opinion with a characteristically crisp and stirring opening sentence: “There is no right more basic in our...

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The Stealth Revolution
Apr22

The Stealth Revolution

This is the eighteenth part of the serialization of All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity (Berrett-Koehler, 2006). The ideas in this book are further developed in my recent novel The Rowan Tree. CHAPTER 12: THE STEALTH REVOLUTION Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves…. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will...

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Anti-Semitic Marionville, Missouri mayor resigns
Apr22

Anti-Semitic Marionville, Missouri mayor resigns

Tip to future politicians: saying you “kind of agreed” with a white supremacist who apparently went Jew-hunting and shot and killed three people (including a grandfather and grandson who weren’t Jewish) does not a tranquil life — or a political career — make. Marionville, Missouri’s former Mayor Dan Clevenger just found that out. He became former when his comments in the wake of what most assuredly...

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How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality
Apr22

How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality

How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality By Tina Dupuy Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you’ve been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy? Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea. Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak. Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity of sesquipedalian polysyllable liberal loquaciousness. This...

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