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 -
What scholarly or popular works are there out there exploring what a world would be like where nations have been replaced by corporations in a complicated, non-dystopian way?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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Do presidential/prime minister candidates in countries other than the United States release tax returns? [more inside]
posted by dsfan
on Aug 18, 2012 -
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.
Thanks in advance!
posted by risaroni
on Nov 1, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
“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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Stories & Fables which highlight the imperfection of Democratic decision making and government. [more inside]
posted by complience
on Apr 29, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
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.
posted by arniec
on Oct 14, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -