Articles about Elections & Democracy
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Three Next Steps in the Political Revolution
Bernie Sanders can't do it alone.
Leaked TTIP Documents Confirm Corporate Power Grab at Heart of EU/US Trade Deal
Greenpeace have leaked 248 pages of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiating texts, confirming worst fears of environmentalists and social justice...
Why Sanders Supporters Should Not Let Democratic Primary Demoralize Them
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was expected to do very well in the five primaries on April 26, but after the results, Bernie Sanders and his supporters face...
To Save Democracy, We Need to Make Voting Much, Much Easier
Political rhetoric in the U.S. is often characterized by sickly sweet appeals to democracy. Voting is held up as the foundation of democracy, or as the most useful or necessary...
Fair Game: Why Bernie Should Keep Going
Predictably, after New York, the establishment is demanding that Bernie bow out. The etiquette of conventional Party politics, after all, dictates that he step aside, lest he...
Sanders Campaign's Commitment to Victory Irritates Media, Offends Clinton Campaign
Once again, for the umpteenth time in the Democratic presidential primary, there is a dominant narrative in the establishment news media that it is over for Bernie Sanders...
The Democratic Stockholm Syndrome
New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly for those holding their progress captive
For 40 Years, Liberals Have Accepted Defeat and Called It “Incremental Progress.”
Bernie Sanders offers a different way forward.
There Is a Moderate Republican in This Race, but She's Running as a Democrat
Historical perspective on Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton
Americans Agree: It's Corporate Power That's in Our Way
There is widespread recognition among politicians and pundits that Americans are sharply divided by party on virtually all of the big questions facing our country. Everyone...
27 Honest Questions for Hillary Supporters
To those who are supporting Hillary Clinton, I love you. And while I know that we’re technically on the same side fighting against a terrifying Republican reality, it seems...
Radical Politics in the Age of American Authoritarianism: Connecting the Dots
If the left is to fight back against authoritarianism, we must bring together diverse movements working for social change.
Bernie Sanders Is Our Last Chance
“We won’t see a presidential candidate like Bernie again in our lifetimes.” As I heard these words, spoken by a woman at a Sanders campaign event recently, I felt a chill go...
Bernie's Insurrection and the Question of Hillary's Qualifications
Americans don't just want a new president, they want a new precedent.
Big Union Leaders Betray Sanders and Workers
Around a conference table inside the large Washington headquarters of the AFL-CIO, a furious exchange occurred between labor union presidents. It was late February and up for...
NY Daily News Claims FDR Unfit to Be President: "No Concrete Plans, Only Platitudes"
[The following is an imagined 1932 New York Daily News editorial board interview with Franklin Roosevelt during his presidential campaign. The Daily News comments below derive...
Occupy Activists Launch 'Battle of New York' to Counter Media Bias about Sanders and Clinton
With its huge media campaign, Operation Battle of New York is taking on corporate establishment
Sanders Is Right: Clinton Not Qualified to Be a Progressive President
On 'quality control' and the Democratic Party
The Democrats Are Flawlessly Executing a 10-Point Plan to Lose the 2016 Presidential Election
One needn’t speculate about how the Democrats could end up losing the 2016 presidential election. In fact, a subtly complex, multi-part plan to do just that is exactly what the...
The Case for Strategic Voting in Elections
Vote‬ defensively. Vote offensively. Vote when there is someone worth voting for. Vote locally where we have more agency over the outcomes. Reject the ideology of our...
Why Won’t Sanders Quit The Race? Because He’s Winning.
The patter of establishment calls for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to end his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has built into a hailstorm. “Bye, bye...
The Smart Con: Clinton Vs. Trump
Trump’s outlandishness may get more press but Clinton’s intelligence act might be just as dangerous
Time to Transform Bernie's Campaign Into a Permanent Organization
The biggest question for Bernie Sanders and his supporters is whether they’ll transform his presidential campaign into a permanent organization that can carry his political...
The Remarkable Bernie Sanders Journey That Will Overcome the Crowning of Clinton
It’s not over. Far from it. The economic and political establishment, which includes the Democratic National Committee (DNC), its Wall Street and corporate backers, and the...
The 'Sanders Democrat' Is Paving the Way for the Radical Left
In 2006, when I told people that I was a socialist, they looked at me like I was crazy. To be a socialist was to be on the margins of American political life, wedded to a...
What Happened in Arizona Wasn't an Accident: When States Make Voting Impossible, It's for a Very Clear Reason
Arizona residents were forced to wait hours on line in order to vote in this week's primary. Some were turned away.
Bernie Sanders Has a Clear Path to Victory -- Provided His Supporters Don't Falter
Here are a few simple facts: Clinton’s strong states are almost all behind her. Sanders has the advantage in the vast majority of those that remain; and in many cases, that...
Brazil Is Engulfed by Ruling Class Corruption - and a Dangerous Subversion of Democracy
The multiple, remarkable crises subsuming Brazil are now garnering substantial Western media attention. That’s understandable given that Brazil is the world’s fifth most...
Presidential Primary 2.0 Is About to Begin
There are two Democratic presidential primaries. One is almost over. The other is about to begin. The first Democratic presidential primary runs from Feb. 1 to March 15. All...
Hillary Clinton, Corporate America and the Democrats' Dilemma
To understand the dynamics underlying the Clinton-Sanders nomination contest, it's helpful to remember the old adage that Democrats are supposed to be the party of ordinary...
5 Reasons the Clinton-Sanders Race Is Much, Much Closer Than You Think
To watch cable news, one would think that Bernie Sanders is still in the Democratic primary race simply to send a message to Washington, be a thorn in Hillary Clinton's side...
One Example of How the Left Has Internalized the Ideology of Their Oppressors
"Ideological hegemony is the process by which the exploited come to view the world through a conceptual framework provided to them by their exploiters." - Kevin A. Carson
How to Be an Anticapitalist Today
Anticapitalism isn’t simply a moral stance against injustice — it’s about building an alternative.
Once People Feel the Bern... The Fire Will Not Go Out
Exactly how will the wealthy and powerful who are the political establishment in this country put out the fire that this campaign has ignited?
Media's Coronation of Clinton Belies Sanders' Path Toward Victory
'The pundits might not like it,' Sanders said on Sunday night, 'but the people are making history.'
Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours
In what has to be some kind of record, the Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours, between roughly 10:20 PM EST Sunday, March 6, to 3:54 PM...
Noam Chomsky: Notion of Elite Guardian Class Dates Back to Founding of US
Noam Chomsky explores the possibilities for a better human society in What Kind of Creatures Are We?, a collection of lectures bringing together his areas of expertise from...
Decoding Super Tuesday: Why Sanders Is Still on Track to Win and Why the Democrats Need Him To
As usual, the mainstream media is confused by the results from Super Tuesday. To hear them tell it, Hillary has all but sewed up the nomination.  In reality, Sanders had a...
Why Democrats Need to Wake up & Realize It Is Bernie or Bust
I know this is going to be hard for loyal Democrats to accept. But in this article, I will explain why loyal Democrats need to wake up and realize that, in this crazy 2016...
Bernie Vs. Hillary: What's a Feminist to Do?
America's Only Elected Female Socialist on Women and the Presidential Race
The Momentum Story: How the Bernie Sanders Crowd Can Still Win
The media and the political class have called it — Bernie Sanders has lost the Democratic Presidential nomination. They are flat wrong, and not for the first time. Here’s the...
It's Not Just the GOP - The Democratic Party Is Also Imploding
Whichever side emerges victorious, both Republicans and Democrats should face up to a much bigger truth: Neither party as currently constituted has a real future. Fewer and...
Organize or Die: Never in the History of the World Has an Election Destroyed a System of Oppression
Vote or Die. That's the dichotomy rap mogul P. Diddy popularized back in 2006 in an effort to marshal the nation's youth to the ballot box on election day. Fast forward two...
On the Meaning of Capitalism, We Don't Agree
Within conversations on the left, many of us use the term "capitalism," but we aren't all using it to mean the same thing. Among both its champions and opponents, capitalism...
I Won't Vote for Hillary Because I Don't Vote for Republicans
Over at The Daily Banter, Chez Pazienza called me an "idiot." Well, not me personally. His article was about people like me, though, who support Bernie Sanders and will never...
The Case Against Hillary Clinton: This Is the Disaster Democrats Must Avoid
She's not the candidate of economic fairness, peace or a genuine progressive agenda. She's also not more electable
Why I'm Supporting Bernie Sanders in the Primaries, but Am Endorsing the Movement
And why the 'vote / don't vote' debate has been one of the greatest strategic disasters of our time.
The Trouble With Equality: Feminism and the Forgotten Places of Power
"...Patriarchy is not the rule of men over women, it's the rule of the binary - the insistence that there really are sides, and that each is a pre-existing category unto...
Why Hillary Clinton Spells Democratic Party Defeat
It is clear that the rig-the-vote wing of the Democratic Party, from Deborah Wasserman Schultz to the “liberal” commentators and regular pundits on MSNBC, PBS, and the most of...
Why Brother Bernie Is Better for Black People Than Sister Hillary
The fundamental aim of black voters should be to put a smile on Martin Luther King, Jr's face from the grave.