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What do they believe?

I'm looking for recommendations on readings about what is the purpose of government - preferably from all areas of the spectrum: reactionary, conservative, libertarian, socialist, communist, liberal, radical. Ideally I'm looking for the fundamental/foundational documents for each doctrine as opposed to filtered, watered down versions. Thanks!
posted by Leezie on May 10, 2009 - 13 answers

J'en ai besoin d'améliorer mon français. Any suggestions?

« J'en ai besoin d'améliorer mon français, » or: "I need to improve my French." I'm looking for advice from anyone who has worked on improving or regaining their nth language. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on May 10, 2009 - 16 answers

How can I help my coworkers create XML documents to store metadata?

Generating XML documents help? I work with the county health department, and have been asked to come up with a way to create, store and manipulate metadata for various datasets we store internally on a network drive. Basically I think the simplest thing to do is to create an xml file stored in the same directory with any dataset. Preferably I can do this with infopath 2003 or free software, and using the Dublin Core standard for metadata. I've seen the 5 year old answers on Dublin Core Metadata from this Ask, but I need to let my coworkers create the data first, and that mostly covers storage/database solutions. Looking through various DC list archives hasn't been helpful. [more inside]
posted by gryftir on Apr 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Online collaboration tools.

Please help me identify online collaboration tools that might be appropriate for a national (USA) organization of (mostly) state agency staff. [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie on Apr 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Tips for a newbie convention delegate to not seem like a newbie?

Tips for a newbie delegate to a political convention? I agreed to act not only as a Democrat delegate but as a vice-chair for my precinct. Our county organizing convention is coming up this weekend. I've read a tiny bit about what to expect on the agenda (but not a lot), but am more worried about just seeming out of place. I'm young, don't have a lot of political experience, and also had to change my affiliation from unaffiliated to do this. Part of me says that in a state where Democrats are a minority no one will be judging me for wanting to serve, but what can you tell me (or links can you give me...) to better prepare me? I'm looking for both what I should know about how it'll run and the more nuanced aspects of interaction/networking/flow.
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Philosophical takes on taxes/income/wealth?

I'm looking for philosophical treatises that touch on the subjects of taxes, wealth, income and the like for a blog post I'm thinking about writing. Specifically, I'm looking for philosophical musings on the government's right (or lack thereof) to collect taxes and the right (or lack thereof) of an individual to do whatever he wants with his earnings. It would be more helpful if you could point to a specific chapter/section/passage, rather than saying "try reading Marx."
posted by ekroh on Apr 13, 2009 - 11 answers

They're coming to take you away

In the last 50 years of either British or American history, has there ever been a case in which the government has forcibly relocated a large percentage of the town's children for health, safety, or quality of life purposes? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Apr 6, 2009 - 22 answers

In depth article on the "I am a natural person" defense?

"Natural person" / "This court has no jurisdiction over me" in depth article? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Apr 3, 2009 - 5 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

who protects the government's critical information infrastructure?

What are some examples of government jobs in the field of security and information assurance? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Mar 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Are the occupational projections data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics flawed?

Are BLS occupational projections data flawed? I've often heard that their projections data is flawed, but I can't find any recent (like 2002 and forward), publicly accessible explanations of how it is flawed or even if it has become less flawed (updated their formula, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by anniecat on Mar 24, 2009 - 3 answers

Time for a Third Bank of the U.S.?

Why do we not have a government owned national bank that competes with private banks? [more inside]
posted by medarby on Mar 20, 2009 - 24 answers

Fieldings Folly

Why, now that the Australian government's "Alcopops" tax has failed to pass, does the government owe liquor manufacturers money? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Mar 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Examples of whistleblowing by government employees?

Examples of whistleblowing by government employees? [more inside]
posted by heatherfl on Mar 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Direct Democracy or Bureaucratic Nightmare?

Why Can't We Allocate Where Our Taxes Go on Our Tax Form? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Mar 18, 2009 - 16 answers

What happens to trillions in AIG debt?

AIG-in-the-loop-filter: Just how is AIG going to deal with the trillions of toxic debt in their troubled divisions? Give me the possible scenarios. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on Mar 17, 2009 - 7 answers

As an expat, should I register with the Canadian govt?

I'm a Canadian (Ontario) citizen, currently living in Eastern Europe. I usually "register" with the Canadian govt. each time I live abroad, just because, well, you never know what might happen. But this time, I have a couple questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Economic Information about Australia (GDP and its components)

I'm taking a introductory level macroeconomics course in college. In it, you need to collect a whole bunch of data about a single country (I chose Australia). I got almost all the information I need, but I'm stumped on one small part of it. [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Mar 3, 2009 - 13 answers

Where to find a comprehensive list of US Governement Agencies

I'm building a component to a website that lists Federal, State, and Local government agencies for people to contact. I know that there are sites out there that have this sort of feature already for their own campaigns. Where can I find one or multiple lists to combine that contain Governmental Agency names, descriptions, and contact information?
posted by davathar on Feb 5, 2009 - 1 answer

I say he's crazy; therefore, he must go through an evaluation.

Australian (and U.S.) Mental Health/Legal Filter. Can you just go and talk your GP into having someone put through a psychiatric evaluation? [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Feb 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Don't Worry About the Government

Government security clearance help: how long does it take? What will (and won't) they find? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 - 16 answers

Venn? Is that you?

Trying to find a diagram of the branches of US government. But a specific one. [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Jan 19, 2009 - 2 answers

What is this visualization?

Asking for a friend, what is this visualization on the White House website? You can see the part of interest between 01:34 and 01:39. [more inside]
posted by R343L on Jan 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Learning Unfamiliar Cultures

Please help me learn more about cultures different from my own? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jan 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Who catches the things that slip through the cracks?

How does the U.S. Government follow up on concerns, both chronic and acute? [more inside]
posted by Fuka on Jan 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Dems block banking regulations?

In a discussion that I had with my brother over the holidays, he explained to me how the banking /investment failure was all the democrats fault. After picking myself up off the floor, he continued to explain to me how the dems blocked a bill that the republicans were trying to get through the senate to increase regulations on banks and their investment practices. After much googling, I am still unable to find what he could be referring to. Does this bill sound familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Jan 11, 2009 - 31 answers

"North American Union? Awesome Idea!"

Are there any organizations directly supporting something analogous to a North American Union that people can join at a grassroots level? If not, what's the most integrationist? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Jan 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Journalist/Political Blogging from, and about, Turkey. Censorship issues?

I'm re-locating to Turkey in the upcoming months (due to unrelated circumstances), and whilst there, I intend on starting, and keeping, a regular blog about current events, human rights issues, the EU bid, and such. Photojournalism, where appropriate - and available - will also be included. So, I suppose I have a few questions. (long post, my apologies!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Pretty please don't profit off torture?

If you knew someone considering doing business with the Chinese Government, how would you convince them of it's moral reprehensiveness as neatly and concisely as possible?
posted by radgardener on Dec 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Can anyone recommend any funny novels about government and politics?

Can anyone recommend any funny novels about government and politics? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Dec 27, 2008 - 31 answers

Labor law help needed for socal govt contract employee

I believe my company, a government contractor, is using alot of grey areas in their employee time cards to get away with paying as little as possible. For example, I am listed with them as "salary", which by my understanding would mean I get x amount of payment per pay period. However, they still have everyone fill out a time card, and pay us per the hours we have worked. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2008 - 14 answers

Can one person change the law?

PoliticsLawFilter: Dick Cheney's lawyer, David Addington, wrote a series of papers/statements/memos that ostensibly change an existing law. How can one lawyer, or even a team of lawyers, change a law by simply writing a memo? Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 21, 2008 - 16 answers

When is a weather station not a weather station? (And why do they threaten to shoot me?)

What's up with the "weather station" in Tecopa, CA? And why did it threaten to shoot me? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Dec 12, 2008 - 21 answers

New World Order, really?

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

PMF Assessment Advice

I am taking the Presidential Management Fellowship Assessment in January. Any advice on preparation/studying? I've started with the government's prep guide.
posted by pithy comment on Dec 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Corporate Connections Web App?

I've searched high and low, on Google and MeFi, and I can't find the site that shows, graphically, connections of corporate board members, CEOs, and politicians. I promise to bookmark the darn thing if it can be re-discovered for me.
posted by tomierna on Nov 29, 2008 - 6 answers

How Does My American System Work?

I'm looking for a good book that will help me learn more about how the American government actually works. Specifically, how lobbyists influence Congress, how House committees work, etc. Now that a new administration (that I'm really happy about) is coming in, I want to really understand what's happening in Washington (or at least how its worked in the past).
posted by minicloud on Nov 22, 2008 - 15 answers

With the recent election, when's the best time to apply for a gov. job?

Given the recent presidential election, what's the best time to apply for a job with the Federal Government? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 - 14 answers

How effective is the government at regulating the economy?

With the assumption that the government is ineffective at influencing the economy through monetary/fiscal policy and also economic bailouts and packages, what evidence exists? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Nov 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Shoring Up The Gains

If I wanted to donate money specifically to the U.S. Secret Service, is such a thing even possible, and how would I go about doing it?
posted by felix on Nov 5, 2008 - 15 answers

State budget listings.

Looking for a comprehensive listing of each states budget surplus or deficit for the Fiscal Year 2008. More inside... [more inside]
posted by Sgt.Grumbless on Nov 4, 2008 - 3 answers

Move this Aussie from down under to up yonder.

Immigration Law! Help me get my bagged Aussie into the U.S. and A. [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Oct 26, 2008 - 14 answers

When did we get to start voting for voters instead of voting for legislators who voted for voters?

I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
posted by phrontist on Oct 22, 2008 - 1 answer

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

ACLU is to the Constitution as ________ is to Economics?

ACLU is to the Constitution as ________ is to Economics? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Oct 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Financial crisis: Government intervention or free-market-pain?

Current_financial _crisisFilter: Where can I read the single best arguments for government intervention to rescue the financial markets and economy, and the single best argument for zero/minimal government intervention in this current financial crisis? (Looking for links to articles, blog posts, etc -- not opinions -- from MeFites...)
posted by chefscotticus on Sep 30, 2008 - 6 answers

What does $400 billion get you these days?

EconomyFilter: So I get that Congress is debating a 700 billion bail-out measure and things are contentious between the republicans and democrats. But what I can't seem to find out is... [more inside]
posted by katyjack on Sep 26, 2008 - 21 answers

Toastchee goes to Washington

What is the most effective way of expressing my outrage to my government? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Sep 21, 2008 - 23 answers

Will the government benefit from takeovers when the market turns around?

Do U.S. government takeovers of financial corporations mean the possibility of substantial profits for the government when the markets turn around?
posted by jacobw on Sep 17, 2008 - 7 answers

What are the specific tax loopholes that Obama intends to close, and how much money does each of those 'loopholes' account for?

What are the specific tax loopholes that Obama intends to close, and how much money does each of those 'loopholes' account for? This article by FactCheck.org indicates that the Obama campaign estimates the revenue from tax reform at $80 billion - so where did that figure come from?
posted by mattholomew on Sep 4, 2008 - 3 answers

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