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Posts tagged with ‘democracy’

  • A New Voting Rights Act

    By Matt Impink on October 9, 2014
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    In 1964, about 700 college students from around the country descended upon Mississippi for what came to be called Freedom Summer. At the time literacy tests, intimidation and violence kept all but 7% of black citizens registered to vote despite the fact that black citizens outnumbered whites in many counties throughout the Mississippi Delta. The students worked as organizers with […]
  • Commit to the Constitution

    By Steve Sanders on September 17, 2014
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    When Americans debate important legal questions involving the Constitution – guns, gay marriage, police surveillance, affirmative action, to name just a few – our founding document often ends up seeming like a Rorschach blot or a cloud in the sky: everyone sees something different in it. A conservative activist who identifies with the tea party likely will have a different […]
  • Obama breaks his promise to be open with the public

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on September 11, 2014
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    The U.S. system of government relies on citizens having full access to information that can be used in self-governance. Journalists and other First Amendment advocates were enthused when the Obama administration came into office with convincing statements about transparency and open government. President Obama himself has claimed, “This is the most transparent administration in history,” and his press secretaries have […]
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    By Sheila Kennedy on June 9, 2014
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    Periodically, lawmakers who are frustrated by their inability to change government policies of which they disapprove will propose a shortcut: they’ll reform the system itself, by convening a Constitutional Convention. Fortunately, these efforts rarely succeed. Why do I say “fortunately”? Because—like poison gas—system change is only a great weapon until the wind shifts. When activists clamor for wholesale changes or […]
  • Is Money Speech?

    By David Schultz on June 3, 2014
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    If — or when — the Roberts Court in the next couple of years strikes down the last remaining Watergate-era campaign finance laws, the question will shift to: Who is to blame? It will be easy for liberals to say it was the conservatives, especially those on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Republicans or even the Koch brothers. But the […]
  • We the People: Ode to the High School Class of 2014

    By David Adler on May 31, 2014
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    As I listened to the precocious, eloquent graduating high school senior at the Community School explore the nature and styles of leadership at home and abroad, the wheels of my memory raced back to a time of delivering lectures about leaders whose idealism drove them to create a better world. Pericles, an ancient Athenian leader whose transformation of Greek Democracy […]
  • Voter Turnout

    By John Guy on May 19, 2014
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    Commentators and candidates deplore low turnout of voters, such as for Indiana’s recent primaries.  Sadly for those who pontificate about voting habits, no person has offered proof that our democracy is threatened by low turnout, or that high turnout changes results. Odds are small that voter turnout is important, or worth time studying or criticizing.  Whether intended, criticism is personal; […]
  • Why Political Ignorance Matters

    By Ilya Somin on October 28, 2013
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    The first big question I ask in Democracy and Political Ignorance is why we should care about political ignorance in the first place. Political knowledge may not have much inherent value. But even if we don’t value it for its own sake, it matters a great deal for instrumental reasons. I. Why Voter Ignorance Can be Dangerous Some legal and political […]