Articles about Elections & Democracy
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For Those Who Don't Want to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils
Ranked-choice voting is catching on, and Maine might become the first state to help citizens vote for candidates they actually want.
#Muslimsreportstuff - the Best Thing to Come Out of Presidential Debate
During the US Presidential Debate on October 9th the candidates were asked about the consequences of Islamaphobia. Trump answered by saying “Muslims must report when they see...
Sex, Lies and America's Deplorable Democracy
The country’s political system is increasing rotting from the outside in and the inside out—a disintegration exemplified by the respective nomination of these two candidates...
Real Change in Democracy Comes Not in the Voting Booth but Activism at the Grass-Roots
Many years ago, the late Judy Guay, a low-income woman from Bangor, founded the Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods in order to advocate for the neediest in our...
How a Trump Presidency Would Unleash a Torrent of Racist Violence-And Devastate the Left
The Left should take the Trump threat very seriously.
The Left Deserves Better Than Jill Stein
Stein’s Green Party run doesn’t offer a plan to win, or to build power. The Left is capable of so much more.
“To vote is to give up your own power. To elect a master or many, for a long or short time, is to resign one’s liberty” – Elisee Reclus Many people work hard to convince...
Mainstream Media Finally Admits Bias
Stop the presses! The mainstream media are acknowledging that they are biased! As Captain Renault would no doubt observe, "I'm shocked--shocked!--to find bias going on in these...
Goodbye Democracy and Capitalism
Shifting to new paradigms to replace dysfunctional ones.
The Real Way the 2016 Election Is Rigged
Despite what the media tells you, the Democrats will not take the House in November. Here's why.
Vote for the Lying Neoliberal Warmonger: It's Important
An explanation for why defeating Donald Trump—despite what we know about Hillary Clinton—should be the left's primary national electoral objective this November
Here Is Why Your Vote Is Not Your Voice
In light of the precarious position many progressives find themselves in because they are weighing a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, this needs to be said...
As Nominee, Stein Says She Wants to Assume Mantle of Sanders' Revolution
"Democracy needs a moral compass," said Green Party nominee Jill Stein. "We must be that moral compass."
For Little Girls Inspired by Hillary Clinton
As an Indigenous woman who organizes in the hopes that both Black and Brown people might know greater freedom, safety and self determination, I am no fan of electoral...
There Are No Democratic or Green Saviors: Get in the Streets!
Regardless of the outcome of November’s U.S. elections, what will count most is what happens in the streets. As Frederick Douglass put it plainly a century and a half ago, “If...
Top 10 Reasons to Continue Supporting The Movement Sanders Ignited
Hillary Clinton will trounce the self-destructive Donald J. Trump, but the neo-liberals secure total victory if the Sanders movement falls away
Creating a Revolutionary Election
A win-win collaborative solution, bringing people together in a way that is not a compromise but satisfies each of our most important interests. We can do this, but we will...
Presidential Elections Are Not Radical Litmus Tests and Why I'm Voting for My Opponent.
The Presidential election is not a radical nor revolutionary litmus test so let’s stop making it one.
American Horror Story
I went backstage at the biggest political show on earth- and found America telling stories about itself
Is Voting Third Party for President in 2016 a Good Idea? Here are a Few Things to Consider
This does not preclude voting for third parties at the local and state levels, which is where third party power needs to grow before a presidential campaign could win.
The Reviews Are In: Conservatives Say the DNC Was 'Disaster' for the GOP
Something strange happened on the last night of the Democratic National Convention. After the GOP nominee lambasted the Democrats on Twitter for displaying what he viewed as...
An Anti-Trump Electoral Strategy That Isn't Pro-Clinton
Can voter identification, registration, and protection efforts help not only defeat Trump, but build a mass movement for democratic socialism?
Meet Some Sanders Delegates Who Plan to Turn Anger Into Positive Action
Luz Sosa came to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as a disappointed Bernie Sanders delegate. But she is leaving fired up to take on big political fights in...
Jane Sanders: Why Bernie Voters Shouldn't Get Over It
Bernie's wife discusses her proudest and most difficult campaign moments, the DNC email leak and the future of his revolution
The Need for Common Ground, and the Need to Do What You Do
Both Trump and Clinton are scary bad news. There's plenty of time to make a decision. You don't have to answer to anyone when you make it. Whichever decision you make, make it...
You're Not Voting for Hillary to Protect Me
Many Americans are rightfully scared shitless of Donald Trump; in particular marginalized people. But for many of us, we do not have the privilege of it being the first time we...
How Political Mind Control Works
The illusion of power IS a kind of real power. There is a lesson in this for the majority of humanity.
She's With Them - But We've Got Us: a Movement Bigger Than Sanders
The DNC and the Clinton campaign joined forces against the 'political revolution' for one simple reason: they knew it could win. And it still can.
History Tells Us What May Happen Next With Brexit and Trump
It seems we’re entering another of those stupid seasons humans impose on themselves at fairly regular intervals. I am sketching out here opinions based on information, they may...
Why Hope Has Power in This Gut-Wrenching Election Year
Cynicism and despair are among democracy’s worst enemies.
Dear Fellow Jillb4 Hill Folks and Berniecrats
Dear fellow JillB4 Hill folks and Berniecrats, a part of me really does not want to expend energy posting to all my center-left groups about the necessity of preventing Trump...
A Perfect Symbol of Media Capture: DWS Booed, MSNBC Caption Says “Cheered”
Monday morning saw Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former DNC chair, booed offstage at the Florida Democratic Delegation Breakfast; while it was transpiring, MSNBC's caption read...
Forget Gerrymandering. Here's What We Need to Fix to Ensure Truly Fair Elections.
It's The Biggest Problem in American Politics
Demonstrators Demand 'Clean Energy Revolution' on Eve of Dem Convention
'When it comes to climate change, there’s precious little time for lesser evils; the physics—as scientists are quick to tell us—has put humanity on a deadline.' - Kate Aronoff
The Iroquois Confederacy
In 1987, the United States Senate passed a resolution which acknowledged the contribution of the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations to the development of the United States...
How Can We Make Our Politics Reflect What's Best in Us and Not What's Worst?
Both inner and outer change are essential for political transformation.
Clinton's F-You to Progressives: This Is How Trump Could Become President
Nominating a political clone like Sen. Tim Kaine is exactly the wrong thing to do if you want a higher turnout
I'm With the Banned - Welcome to the Scream Room
What my evening with Milo told me about Twitter’s biggest troll, the death of reason, and the crucible of A-list con-men that is the Republican National Convention.
15 Films That Explain Why the Political Revolution Must Continue Past November and Beyond
No matter who we vote for or who gets elected, the revolution must continue. These films remind us why. 
Dear Democrats: An Open Letter from a Sanders Supporter to Democrats Calling for "Unity". This is What it Looks Like from My Side
Dear Democrats, As the absurd Trump convention grinds on, somewhere in Philadelphia I imagine there is an army of volunteers inflating one hundred thousand colorful balloons...
The Deeper Reason Many Intelligent Progressives and Independents Will Not Support Hillary Clinton
The “lesser-of-evils” argument might not work for independent voters this year. Tony Brasunas investigates the real reasons behind Clinton's flagging support. The piece had...
Two Brilliant Thinkers Had the Same Solution to Political Oligarchy: Direct Democracy
The primary threat to nature and people today comes from centralizing and monopolizing power and control. - Vandana Shiva
Now Is the Time to Defeat Both Trump and Clintonian Neoliberalism
"If Trump is the price we have to pay to defeat Clintonian neoliberalism – so be it." — Mumia Abu-Jamal
“You Can Have Your Weak Nominee If You Wish” – the Sanders Endorsement Backfires on Hillary Clinton, Empowers Sanders in One Masterstroke
Ultimately, what the Sanders endorsement has proved is what the candidate was arguing from the beginning – that it was not Sanders and his campaign that was holding Hillary...
After Sanders Endorsement of Clinton, 'Political Revolution' Faces Hard Choices
For the past months, the Democratic Party, particularly corporate Democrats, clamored for Bernie Sanders to quit the presidential race or endorse Hillary Clinton. He continued...
Did Sanders Break His Promise to Take the Nomination All the Way to the Convention?
He did promise he would, so that helps to explain some of the anger and disappointment with his endorsement. But it's worth considering all of the strategic advantages of...
Bernie Sanders: I Have Not Suspended My Campaign
While the corporate media painted a picture of Bernie Sanders riding off into the sunset after throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton, Bernie was rallying his troops for...
Why Did Bernie Endorse Hillary? Here's One Explanation.
He's playing the long game. If Sanders had gone third party, split the votes and then Trump got elected, it would have divided the left and set back the momentum and gains the...
Don't Let Bernie Endorsing Hillary Distract You From What Matters
There's been quite a lot of anger, disappointment and attention on Bernie's decision to endorse Clinton the last couple weeks. But I've started to believe this attention on...
Phase II of the Political Revolution
Millennials for Bernie have come a long way during the past 14 months, reaching 6.7 million people on Facebook with over 100,000 followers, 1000’s of people mobilizing, door...