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American Presidential Quote: "Of all the imperfect forms of government"

Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."
posted by Nicholas Geary on Apr 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Beyond Capitalism: A Corporate State

What scholarly or popular works are there out there exploring what a world would be like where nations have been replaced by corporations in a complicated, non-dystopian way? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Where's the cutting edge of democracy?

After last month's manifestations in Brazil, we're talking a lot about the future of democracy. Direct digital representation, continuous public opinion feedback loops, Big Brother-like continuous surveillance of elected officials, this sort of thing. So I want to know, is this actually being tried anywhere? What is the world's most technologically advanced democracy? It doesn't matter if it's a nation-state, a city or just an institution — How is it working? How did you guys pull it off? Are there any books on this sort of thing?
posted by Tom-B on Jul 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Good Films about Politics

What are some good films that are about politics or democracy? [more inside]
posted by lookoutbelow on Jun 4, 2013 - 34 answers

I'm looking for a quote from a founding father about leaving government

I remember reading something, somewhere from one of the founding fathers about the original intent of legislators to NOT be a political class. To serve a term or two and go home so that people from outside could contribute and people inside didn't get too jaded. Though maybe I'm adding a lot of subtext. Is there anything from any of the FF's on this that rings a bell? Do you have a quote or two?
posted by rileyray3000 on May 10, 2013 - 3 answers

How do the U.S. political parties work these days?

I'd like to learn more about how the Democratic and Republican parties function, concretely, at present. Specifically: how establishment forces (influential donors, party officials, incumbents) influence the rise of candidates (at any level), and how these candidates integrated into the parties activities. I'm particularly interested in the role of political consultants (in media, fundraising, messaging) - what dynamics are at play as they are hired by candidates, how do these consultants' careers develop, what pressures do they face from the establishment, and what role do they play in shaping the policy positions? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on May 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Ancient greek origins of separation of powers?

Somewhere I read an interpretation of the development of democracy in Ancient Greece that went something like this: A king died and three princes struggled to seize power. No one prince was strong enough to defeat the others. They made a deal that one would be responsible for military matters, the second for administrative matters, and the third for religious. This system proved relatively effective and was continued, eventually on a non-hereditary basis, and is the original source for the separation of powers between different branches of government. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Political Dynasties Forbidden by Law?

Political Dynasties Forbidden! Has there ever been a country (culture/society/whatever) that has forbidden the children of those in high office from serving in high office themselves? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Do candidates outside the US release tax returns?

Do presidential/prime minister candidates in countries other than the United States release tax returns? [more inside]
posted by dsfan on Aug 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Who's running the show?

How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on May 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Tribal Society + Democracy = ?

How (if at all) will tribal cultures and societies come to incorporate democratic ideals? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Feb 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Waving swords for democracy...

Why is the political system in fantasy novels always a monarchy? [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch on Jan 14, 2012 - 26 answers

Democracy and Capitalism...huh?

Looking for a basic starter book on capitalism and democracy that explains their relationship and, if possible, perhaps explores other systems or changes that could be an improvement on the current systems in place in most developed nations. I have read that capitalism is a good way to stimulate a young nations economy but that it is not necessarily an equitable or functional long term solution. I have some small understanding regarding corporations roles in democracy. Beyond these basics I'm rather lost. (hence the plan to explore further) I would prefer to read books as I would rather utilize them, and my library, than pop from webpage to webpage but would be willing to consider any information. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by risaroni on Nov 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Citizens United and 100 Years of Law?

How does the Citizens United ruling "roll back 100 years of law"? As far as I can tell, it only allows corporations (= companies and unions) to do in the 30 or 60 day run-up period before an election what they've always been able to do before those cutoff dates.
posted by luke1249 on Oct 5, 2011 - 32 answers

The religion problem.

How can one effectively participate in American politics (beyond the basics of voting and monetary donation) without subscribing to an organized religion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Voting turnout in different countries

“A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote in a national election” Why is there an apparent apathy of political participation in America, and to extend it a bit, how come voting turn-out is higher in some countries in others even if the countries in comparison are both recognized liberal democracies?
posted by espada0 on Mar 10, 2011 - 27 answers

Goodbye and don't let the rain of shoes hit you on your way out

Now that Mubarak has stepped down after weeks of protests, is any other authoritarian governments in the region on the brink of similar civic uprising? [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon on Feb 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Senate procedures are a mystery to me.

In this article, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can use Senate procedure to force a vote with less than 60 votes. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Jan 26, 2011 - 13 answers

America isn't a Democrat, it's a Republican! Er, yeah.

Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 17, 2011 - 30 answers

Who was William Penn?

History Filter: Please explain William Penn to me in elementary terms. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Electionfilter: give him a reason to vote!

Electionfilter: give him a reason to vote! [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Sep 30, 2010 - 20 answers

lies and lying liars

The marketplace of ideas and bad-faith arguments. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Why so centrist?

Are there any democracies which consistently vote for centre-left or progressive governments? Are there any which consistently favour right-wing governments? Plus a bonus question. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 2, 2010 - 18 answers

Stories & Fables which highlight the imperfection of Democratic decision making and government.

Stories & Fables which highlight the imperfection of Democratic decision making and government. [more inside]
posted by complience on Apr 29, 2010 - 8 answers

What is social democracy?

Are there any good sources to read up on modern social democracy, as a political ideology? Educate me on "social democrats" [more inside]
posted by wooh on Apr 27, 2010 - 8 answers

What are the longest individual presidential time limits in the world?

What are the longest individual presidential term limits in the world? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra on Mar 29, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I run for US House in New York State as a TPC?

How do I run for U.S. House of Representatives in New York State as a Third Party Candidate? Also, is too late to run in 2010? I was planning on running in 2012, but there's a bit of an opening in 2010 so if I could still do that, I would like to. Also, I want to know how to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, I could care less about actually getting elected for the job. What paperwork do I fill out, how do I get my name on a Diebold machine, etc..? Oh, and money really isn't a concern, so forget about the fund raising portion.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Mar 6, 2010 - 11 answers

small-r republicanism

Could I have a case in the European Court of Human Rights against being subject to an unelected monarch? [more inside]
posted by northerner on Feb 22, 2010 - 18 answers

UK election compatibility quiz website?

UKElectionFilter: What's the name of that amazing website that asks you a series of questions and then displays your compatibility with the various parties? [more inside]
posted by bullox on Jan 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Movie scenes about democracy.

What movie scenes would you show a middle school class to teach them the nature/importance of democracy?
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion on Nov 30, 2009 - 19 answers

List of clean and clear Iranian government transgressions against morality?

Iranian government's worst recent and verifiable transgressions? [more inside]
posted by GenTso on Jul 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Who were these "celebrated authors" James Madison was referring to in The Federalist Paper No. 14?

Who were these "celebrated authors" James Madison was referring to in The Federalist Paper No. 14? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Jun 15, 2009 - 8 answers

There better not be an obvious google query for this.

I'm too ignorant to properly evaluate a historical claim that I just read. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Mar 28, 2009 - 34 answers

New World Order, really?

one world government? a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Dec 12, 2008 - 22 answers

"Yes we/they/you can/should/did!" (How has profound democratic change come about in the past?)

"Is the hope for profound change misdirected in a country where almost 50% of the population voted for the incumbent party?" (Historical perspectives on this question, please) [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Nov 30, 2008 - 17 answers

Rock the Helping-People-Vote

I'm going to be a first-time volunteer poll worker on Election Day -- any tips, advice, or relevant anecdotes for me? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Oct 18, 2008 - 10 answers

So WHAT is wrong with socialism again?

PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 14, 2008 - 61 answers

What tools for social and political change exist?

What tools for social and political change, beyond litigation, protest, and legislation exist? [more inside]
posted by wonderfullyrich on Aug 11, 2008 - 34 answers

I want the sound of Hail to The Chief...only as played by the ramones

So I'm doing a short film about a cynical Gen-Xer who gets to run the country and I'm looking for songs with either The President, Government, Democracy or something similar for the soundtrack. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 6, 2008 - 46 answers

Advice on how to protest well

Advice on protesting Alberto Gonzalez speaking at my campus. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Jan 5, 2008 - 33 answers

Let's never have another 2004

I feel the same frustration every presidential primary season. This time around, I'd like to do something about it. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Dec 6, 2007 - 36 answers

What are the reasons for Chinese censorship?

I’m trying to help my students understand the reasons behind censorship in China. They ask very simple and yet very profound questions: Why keep information and knowledge from your people? In the long run, how can a free-thinking populace be anything but good? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper on Nov 21, 2007 - 36 answers

How do I know if my elected representatives are doing a good job?

How can I, a US citizen, be more informed about my lawmakers' decisions and whether they're doing a good job? I have an example that I wonder about intensely, today's Senate Intelligence Committee meeting. [more inside]
posted by cmiller on Oct 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Eventually I got tired explaining

What steps can I personally take over the next year to help abolish the electoral system and move to a popular vote for the president? (Live in Brooklyn, don't want to attend a ton of meetings, can donate $50-$100 to charity. Bonus points if I don't end up helping a specific candidate.)
posted by whitewall on Sep 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Why has democracy had so many problems in developing countries?

Why has democracy, at least our version of it in the west, proven so difficult a system of government to maintain in the third/developping world? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg on Oct 27, 2006 - 35 answers

What liberal country should I move to?

What liberal country should I escape to? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jul 30, 2006 - 75 answers

Technology & participatory democracy?

Why have advances in technology not led to more participatory democracy? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Jun 21, 2006 - 22 answers

How do you run for Congress?

How do you run for Congress? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz on Nov 29, 2005 - 16 answers

Tim Berners-Lee: The Web and Democracy

I'm trying to find an old article about Tim Berners-Lee and the relationship between the WWW and democracy. There was a quote that went something like: "Tim built democracy into the fabric of the web." [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords on May 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Spreading Democracy

PoliticalTheoryFilter: Given that all forms of government are eventually unsustainable or only last a certain time for whatever reason, does spreading Democracy to places that never had it actually hasten its decline? (tiny bit more inside) [more inside]
posted by amberglow on Jan 16, 2005 - 30 answers

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