Democracy under Siege

  You might believe Republicans in Congress would think twice before voting for their utterly cynical tax legislation. Polls show widespread disapproval of the bill. Calling it the tax cuts and jobs act, or something similar, fools nobody. The bill stinks. It punishes the poor and middle class and provides lavish benefits for the rich and corporations. It […]
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The Wisdom of the Masses

  The form of government we call democracy relies on the wisdom of voters. But when I read the daily round-up on Yahoo News, I wonder how wise America’s voters really are. This morning for example, I read an item that made me scratch my poor old, bald head. It wasn’t the one about the internet – […]
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America’s Grand Experiment is in Danger

The founding of America was a grand experiment in governance. Not since ancient Greece had a nation attempted to give power to the people through a system called “democracy.” Previously, mankind had acknowledged that the rabble had to be kept in check, that societies needed a “strong ruler.” The ruler was chosen by various means, […]
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Reflections on Democracy and a Prince’s Wedding

The media frenzy is silly, of course, but I have to admit there’s something appealing about Prince William’s approaching wedding. It’s a modern fairy tale, the real-life equivalent of every little girl’s dream… well not every little girl but you know what I mean. It got me thinking about the monarchy and the centuries of […]
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How “Democracy” Is Bought and Sold in America

Long ago, at school in Jamaica, I was taught that democracy is “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” And I keep hearing that America is the world’s greatest democracy. But in America democracy is government of the people by the people who contribute to politicians’ campaign chests. Sometimes, it’s “for […]
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