Articles about Elections & Democracy
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We Cannot "Give Trump a Chance"
In the ten days since the election, several thousand people have phoned and emailed my Seattle City Council office in their fury over my call to shut down Donald Trump’s agenda...
Trump Won Because the Democratic Party Failed, Not Because the White Working Class Revolted
The reckoning is here for progressives and the Democratic Party now that the unthinkable has happened. Most of America, shell-shocked, is asking how Hillary Clinton and the...
For All Democrats to Ponder: the Real Reasons Hillary Clinton Lost
Beyond the media spin, the four reasons for this defeat.
Trump in the White House: an Interview With Noam Chomsky
On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump managed to pull the biggest upset in US politics by tapping successfully into the anger of white voters and appealing to the lowest...
10 Ways to Resist Right Wing Populism
Stop Analysing and Act!
Rising up to the Trump Moment: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
The Trump victory is devastating. Devastating for communities of color, immigrants, women, Muslims and queer communities. Devastating for us. Trump has given new voice to...
I'm Arab and Many of Us Are Glad That Trump Won
It’s not that we see Trump any differently. Trump is an egotistical racist misogynist who, in a rational world, shouldn’t be in any position of power. Then again, neither...
To the Youth a Day After the Election: Another World Is Possible
Dear Youth, On this day after the election, many are asking themselves how this could have happened. Regardless of who anyone close to you voted for, and regardless of how you...
Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: Two Figures in a Derailed World
What is the Way Out?
The Day After
Or, how to stop worrying and love staving off the dystopian nightmare that threatens.
Julian Assange: Why We Published What We Have on the US Elections
In recent months, WikiLeaks and I personally have come under enormous pressure to stop publishing what the Clinton campaign says about itself to itself. That pressure has come...
WE NEED A REVOLUTION: Overcoming Fascism with a Movement of Love
November 9th, the day after the U.S. election, will be a peculiar anniversary. On this day in 1938 more than 1000 synagogues and 7000 Jewish businesses were burning all over...
Whether Trump or Clinton Wins the US Election, What Follows Is up to Us
When the polls close, a new battle will begin – to resist a racist climate denier, or to force a centrist Democrat to deliver genuinely progressive change
Inside the Invisible Government: John Pilger on War, Propaganda, Clinton and Trump
The American journalist, Edward Bernays, is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psycho-analysis, it was...
And After the Election, The Reaction
Could there be any better illustration of the shortcomings of representative democracy than this year’s Presidential campaign? For months upon tiresome months, the whole world...
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.
How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Show; Or, Holding HRC's Feet to the Fire
There's a simple solution: it's called the future.
#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.
#DONTVOTE
“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