Hong Kong Chief Executive Says Poor Will Get Too Much Power If Protesters Win

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 5:55 am

Hong Kong chief executive explains democracy is too dangerous because poor people will vote. http://t.co/Ntms1p0Utj pic.twitter.com/I0a3iLsOWK — Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 22, 2014 Points for honesty? Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying gave a rather blunt explanation for why the Occupy Central pro-democracy protesters could not succeed – it would give poor people in Hong [...]

Study: US Is An Oligarchy Not Democracy

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:57 am

From the department of No Duh, a study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities supports the thesis that the United States of America is not a republic in substance but rather an oligarchy where the rich rule and the majority are irrelevant to policy decisions. Studying policy changes between 1981 and 2002 and comparing the different [...]

Tony Benn (1925-2014)

By: Friday March 14, 2014 11:46 am

(Tony Benn talked with young activists well into his 80s) Anthony Neil Wedgwood “Tony” Benn a legendary socialist activist and previous UK cabinet minister died today at age 88. After having a long career within government supporting democratic socialist policies Benn endeavored to leave public service in order to offer a compelling vision of a [...]

Did Paul Ryan Win The 2012 Election?

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 10:34 am

Something that seems to be missing from the government shutdown debate is that the “clean CR” President Obama and Congressional Democrats are demanding bares a striking resemblance to the Ryan Budget. So even if the Tea Party faction capitulates and passes the clean CR they have already won. The clean Continuing Resolution comes in at [...]

President Carter Supports Snowden, Says America Does Not Have A Functioning Democracy

By: Friday July 19, 2013 7:43 am

Former President Jimmy Carter, in an interview with Der Spiegel, said he supported whistleblower Edward Snowden and that the NSA’s domestic spying program was against American values. Carter went on to say he does not believe that America currently has a functioning democracy. Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this [...]

Libya Blows Through Third Government in a Year

By: Monday October 8, 2012 10:00 am

With Mitt Romney prepared to hunt down attackers in Libya, maybe we should clue in to how that country has reacted to the deadly assault on the US consulate in Benghazi. First of all, the newly elected Prime Minister has been given a vote of no confidence, which in Libya as in most Parliamentary democracies triggers the collapse of the government:

Alan Simpson: “I get so damn sick and tired of listening to the little guy”

By: Friday October 5, 2012 10:58 am

Alan Simpson is upset that somebody besides those with the accumulated wealth of a Pete Peterson gets a voice in our democracy: SIMPSON: I get so damn sick and tired of listening to the little guy, the vulnerable, the veteran — I am a veteran, and the seniors and this and this and this and [...]

Signposts of Democracy: How Americans Get Taught About the Political System They Have

By: Monday October 1, 2012 10:36 am

I’ve tried really hard to avoid this brouhaha over Conor Friedersdorf’s article on why he refuses to vote for Barack Obama. It’s probably generated far more discussion than it merited, since it amounted to an unsurprising statement of support for a libertarian candidate from a right-leaning civil libertarian. That liberals pounced on it as an example of Naderite perfidy, though the circumstances are quite different, is something that I found revealing of liberals, and this post can stand in for my thoughts there.

US Sends Drones, Military, Intelligence Personnel to Libya, Amid Chaotic Time for New Democracy

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 11:43 am

As we learn more about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, it becomes harder and harder to ignore the probability that the militants involved were retaliating for a drone strike that took out a top al-Qaeda leader who happened to be Libyan. Christopher Chivvis puts this in context. As details [...]

Libya Holds Vote for Parliament

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 9:41 am

Libyans headed to the polls today for the first time in over 40 years, electing a national assembly that will play a caretaker role, while a Constitution gets written and the country moves forward in the wake of the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi. Voters risked violence to vote in the elections, where thousands of candidates [...]

France, Germany at Odds Over Eurozone Crisis

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 8:19 am

European leaders met in Brussels yesterday, and even going in it was clear that the countervailing forces, exemplified most by Germany and France, would not come to any agreements. And that’s just how it turned out: A major rift has opened up between Germany and France for the first time in 30 months of euro [...]

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