Articles about Elections & Democracy
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I Support Bernie Sanders, and I'm Not Stupid or Unrealistic
Today I read for maybe the 10,000th time an assertion that supporters of Bernie Sanders are unrealistic, that Bernie Sanders supporters will all be disappointed if they elect...
The Radical Left Has Bernie Sanders All Wrong
While mainstream Dems debate realism vs. idealism, another set of the left is having an entirely different debate
It Takes a Movement: A Tale of Two Strategies For Change
In 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama promised progressive change if elected President, his primary opponent, then-Senator Hillary Clinton, derided him. "The skies will...
Bernie Sanders Is a Once in a Lifetime Presidential Candidate. The Time Is Now.
In a world of American media displaying never-ending coverage of ISIS beheadings, how many politicians say "I'll be damned" if Americans lead the fight against ISIS? Bernie...
It's a Movement, Stupid: Why Bernie Can Deliver on Promises of Change, While the Sensible Centrists Can't
The Democratic Party is engaged in an epic battle about how change happens.  On one side is the establishment who are backing Hillary’s cautious, pragmatic, and incremental...
I Have Had It With Cynical Faux-Realists Attacking Bernie Sanders Idealists
It's timid and fearful to limit ourselves to incremental change -- and it only makes the powerful more powerful
Davos and the Dangers to Democracy
It’s an all-too-easy event to mock. It’s hard to keep a straight face when the world’s rich arrive annually in their private jets to the luxury ski-resort of Davos to express...
Beware: Someone Is Trying to Convince You That Bernie Can't Win
Sanders' message, his campaign, and the resounding support he is receiving nationwide has sent chills through those whose primarily loyalty is to the wealthy donors in mansions...
Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits
It's not good enough to say the money comes from the XYZ Fund for Swell Americans; we need to know the wealthy individuals and corporate interests that are secretly pulling the...
We Don't Need to Wait for Chilcot, Blair Lied to Us About Iraq. Here's the Evidence.
With the help of the BBC and Dr David Morrison, I carried out my own inquiry. The facts are devastating for Blair, for parliament and for all of us.
Bernie Sanders Has a Secret Weapon, and the Media Elites Just Don't Get It
Americans are a people for whom ideology matters a lot less than speaking plainly and sticking by your beliefs.
Human Kind
Fascinating new lines of research suggest that we are good people, tolerating bad things.
The Next VW Scandal
Buried in the minutes of an obscure new quango is evidence of vast corporate capture of the UK government.
5 Short Films About the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Twelve nations have signed a trade agreement that puts corporate profits before the needs and rights of citizens
History Doesn't Go In a Straight Line
Noam Chomsky on Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, and the potential for ordinary people to make radical change.
Bernie Sanders: A Moment of Truth for Democrats
The politicians, plutocrats and pundits of the Democratic Party establishment have no answer to Bernie Sanders' blistering critique of their failure to defend the interests of...
How Jeremy Corbyn Can Win
Corbyn has said that his campaign is about turning the Labour Party into a social movement. That’s the only chance he has.
Why Radical Leftists Should Support Bernie Sanders
Leftists can fantasize that they are doing a great service to humanity by scoffing at Bernie, but they’re merely isolating themselves from the rest of the country.
Not Quite All Things Considered: Why the Mainstream Media Discounts Bernie Sanders
Recently, on All Things Considered—you know, that bastion of liberal media—Mara Liasson, talking about the prospect of Joe Biden running for President said: There are many...
Henry Giroux on Zombie Politics
Scholar Henry Giroux says America’s current political system is leading to a culture where people are so focused on surviving, they become like ‘the walking dead.’ "Young...
What the Mainstream Media Won't Let Bernie Sanders Talk About
In this clip, Sen. Bernie Sanders says he believes “one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions ever” — Citizens United — has allowed big money to “deflect attention from the...
Anarchists, It Is Our Duty To Vote In Elections
As another election season approaches, we are faced with the age old anarchist dilemma: To vote or not to vote. I do not expect this article to answer this question once and...
A 10-Point Programme for 21st Century Socialism
In response to Jeremy Corbyn's 'Standing to Deliver' plan "for a fairer and more successful Britain", Jeremy Gilbert suggests an additional 10 things to plug some of the holes...
Eleven Points Inspired by the Situation in Greece
It is urgently necessary to internationalise the Greek people’s cause. Only the total elimination of the debt would bring an "ideological blow" to the current European...
Greece's Referendum: One No, Many yeses!
A victory for OXI (No) would not just help restore a sense of dignity to Greece; it would strengthen the ground for anti-austerity struggles across Europe.
In Defence of Greece: 6 Myths Busted
Syriza’s negotiations with the Troika have fulfilled a pedagogical role : of showing the unwillingness of undemocratic institutions such as the EU and IMF to respect the...
The 4th Branch of Government: An Idea To Create Direct Democracy For, and By, The People
Imagine a Collective Arena for all issues facing The Populous. An e-forum. Think WikiPolicy, with a Collective Voting Platform. Technologically, it’s already possible...
A Charter for Democracy
Whatever happened to the 15-M Movement? Where did Occupy go? Three years after the groundbreaking revolutionary ruptures of 2011, violent repression and media invisibility have...
"We Are In a Revolutionary Moment": Chris Hedges Explains Why An Uprising Is Coming, And Soon
The status quo is doomed but whether the future will be progressive or reactionary is uncertain, Hedges tells Salon
Dear America: Please Get Your Head Out of Your Ass About Bernie Sanders
Seriously, though, come on, guys.
6 Lessons for the U.S. from Spain's Democratic Revolution
How Spain’s 15M movement went from occupying city squares to city halls—without compromising its independence When tens of thousands of people occupied city squares across...
Revolution Now: 10 Reasons Why Activists Should Support Bernie Sanders
1. On Sanders’ Decision to Run as a Democrat Sanders is running in the Democratic Party primaries for practical reasons. As a Democrat, he  can easily get on the ballot in...
First We Take Barcelona...
Just under a year ago, a group of activists, members of social movements, and progressive political forces in Barcelona presented our plan to take back our city council for the...
We Are Bernie Sanders
If Bernie Sanders becomes the next President of the United States, it will be more than an upset. It will be an American Revolution. Bernie Sanders can’t win the election...
10 Prominent Advocates of Socialism
“Socialism” is considered a dirty word in the United States. Being a hard-working, “free market” capitalist is a part of our national mythology. But it wasn’t always this way...
Make the Rich Panic
It does not matter to the corporate rich who wins the presidential election. It does not matter who is elected to Congress. The rich have the power. They throw money at...
Democracy Is for Life, Not Just Elections
A mate who I trust said to me; “You know what this election boils down to? Who do you want to be protesting against on May 8th? Or whenever they finish counting, negotiating...
To Vote or Not to Vote, Is That the Question?
Thanks largely to Russell Brand, the question of whether to vote or not has been raised at national level this election. Yet the only argument made against voting has been...
The Battle to Control the 3D Printing Revolution: DIY or CIA?
Scientific and technological innovations have the power to fundamentally transform human civilization as new possibilities previously deemed impossible are made realities...
Angry Not Apathetic: What Anarchists Do Instead of Voting
The general election is here, and once again the parties are all over us like a rash, promising that they will fix things. But you don’t have to be an anarchist to know that...
My War on Terror: Letter to an Unknown US Patriot
Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to explain myself. ...
The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution
PRINCETON, N.J.—Tariq Ali is part of the royalty of the left. His more than 20 books on politics and history, his seven novels, his screenplays and plays and his journalism...
Why Independent Journalism Is Challenging the Mass media
The battle for our votes has commenced. Political parties are turning their attention from Westminster to the people that grant them a mandate. But as the political propaganda...
From Chiapas to Rojava: Seas Divide Us, Autonomy Binds Us
Despite being continents apart, the struggles of the Kurds and Zapatistas share a similar purpose: to resist capitalism, liberate women and build autonomy. Power to the...
The Rise of the Greek Left Is a Call for Pan-European change
The Greeks have voted for SYRIZA in order to be able to breathe, but deeper aspirations for freedom, social justice and radical democracy are very high. Welcome to...
Compare and Contrast: Obama's Reaction to the Deaths of King Abdullah and Hugo Chávez
Hugo Chávez was elected President of Venezuela four times from 1998 through 2012 and was admired and supported by a large majority of that country’s citizens, largely due to...
16 votes and no mule
(photograph: Lee on Sands, Essex) We, the people, have been disenfranchised. And how are we compensated? Life expectancy in the UK is 81.5 years. If you discount the first 18...
Election 2014 Postmortem: We Fucking Did This To Ourselves
Did you vote yesterday? Are you under 30? Well, congratu-fucking-lations. You are among the few and the proud. Yesterday, Republicans swept to what I'm bound by day-old...
Happidrome: The Kurdish Fight For Anarchy
In the battle for Kobane on the Syrian border everyone talks about the enemy - IS - and the frightening ideas that drive them. No-one talks about the Kurdish defenders and...
UK Parliament Votes to Recognise the State of Palestine
The UK Parliament voted in a landslide 274-12 on the evening of Monday 13th October to unilaterally recognise the state of Palestine. The House of Commons debated on a...