Compromise, not Consensus

Both Lee Drutman of New America and Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia have invested much of their career in the mechanics of electoral reform — RCV and PR, independent redistricting commissions, and the like – what will it take to move the ball forward?

Does Democracy Have a Future in America?

Why do things look grim for liberal democracy these days? How can our traditional democratic values fight back? Can we get together on any unimpeachable authority?

Tired of Polarization? Go Multi-Party!

The United States will never be Denmark, but Danes are happy with their multi-party democracy. What are the prospects for proportional representation in America?

The New Geopolitics: Class, Capital, Nationalism

Ever since the first nation-states, there has been geopolitics, today competition between “great powers” is complicated by the multinational aspects of capital, confronting new nationalism.

Wonders of the Middle Class

Why do we all consider ourselves to be part of the “middle class”? Does inequality serve a psychic purpose for us? Yes, says author, as long as we live in a world that is ultimately a zero-sum game, and all sustainable economic models say that is exactly where we live.

Tale of Two Freshmen

Abigail Spanberger and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both came to Washington with 2018 “Blue Wave” election, both were re-elected in 2020, but they each went public with very different takes on the 2020 election results. Who’s right? Both of them?

Class Struggle in America: Done or Never Started?

As we know, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were not Americans. They were very European. While true that the bulk of America‚Äôs population (except slaves) came from Europe, our country was different. Flight from the class-centered societies of England, Germany, France was easier for American immigrants than staying in their home countries and fighting. ThatContinue reading “Class Struggle in America: Done or Never Started?”