American democracy blog


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  American Democracy: Let’s Talk Welcome to my blog on American democracy and the issues discussed in my new book, The Triad: […]

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The Prisoner


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The story of the Prisoner It’s an oppressively hot day in Teheran in August, 1852.  The Prisoner is led through […]

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Kindness in discourse and why it matters


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We need a lot more kindness in our discourse. Often we focus on the content of what we say.  We […]

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Populism: Who should fly the plane?


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The New Yorker cartoonist Will McPhail recently published a great cartoon.   An airline passenger is standing up and making an appeal to […]

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What is Democracy?


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Preface to the new edition of The Triad.  What is democracy?  Why does it need to be “saved” in the […]

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President-Elect Trump: An open letter


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Dear President-Elect Trump, Congratulations on being elected President of the United States. I offer my thoughts to you in a […]

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Electoral Reform


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Electoral reform The spectacle of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.  One thing […]

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Poverty and wealth


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Poverty and wealth In the 1970s, the Danish photographer Jacob Holdt travelled around the United States.   His camera captured […]

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Leadership


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  Leadership wanted It’s a dilemma.   We have a system for choosing political leaders, but it often hasn’t given us […]

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Earth through the astronauts’ eyes


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Earth as a tiny blue ball The Triad calls for understanding that the world has become a small place, inhabited by […]

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Trust: The lifeblood of a democracy


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Trust:  Why we need to get it back How many times have you handed your credit card to someone you don’t […]

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