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Seat swapping: a solution to vote splitting in Canadian politics?

The Canadian Conservative Party is currently at 30.2% in nationwide polls but, due to factors such as vote splitting and regionalized support, is currently projected to form a minority government with 131 out of 308 seats in Parliament. That's undemocratic. Idea: what if opposition parties agreed not to run candidates in specific ridings so as to create two party races (Conservative-Liberal in some ridings, Conservative-NDP in others). Would that be lawful? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Jun 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Is a double-major in Spanish and philosophy viable and fruitful?

Is a major in Spanish a good investment? If I buckle down and commit myself to daily study and practice (and spend one semester abroad), can I attain a decent fluency in the language? What kind of career paths could I expect? More details and questions follow. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Mar 26, 2014 - 20 answers

calling all progressives! where's the next Russ Feingold?

I'm an extremely liberal Democrat who comes from a long line of extremely liberal Democrats, but I've become increasingly disillusioned with the national party apparatus over the past handful of years. Can you help me put together a list of progressive Democrat office-holders and up-and-coming candidates to buoy and inspire an otherwise devoted liberal's flagging enthusiasm? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Mar 13, 2014 - 24 answers

Question about resume and jobs in Democratic politics in the South

I am considering some jobs in Democratic politics in Georgia or elsewhere in the South, and I'm wondering if there are some activities that I should leave off my resume and cover letter, even if they might have some relevance to the job I am applying for. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Nov 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Online science resources for a liberal arts major?

I want to learn science. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Jul 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Is there life for an active couple in their late 50's in Sarasota Fl?

We are looking to live near the water and have tried Miami and LA and are now on the shoreline of Ct. The only problem is; we can't afford to buy a house here and the winter is a bit of a deal breaker. Thinking of moving to the West coast of Florida for the water and the warmth and would love to hear anyone's experience of this area. We have thought of Sarasota and would be open to other cities or large towns. We are both active, still working, (self employed) very liberal and interested in great food and a community of interesting people. We couldn't be somewhere where everyone is retired. Any thoughts?
posted by privatechef on Jun 25, 2013 - 11 answers

What's this piece of pro-liberal / anti-libertarian writing?

I remember reading a long time ago either a blog post or a wiki-looking page linked on the Blue. It was written either to defend American liberalism, show why libertarianism was flawed, or both. The piece was about a person outlining the ways in which society and the US government's "invisible infrastructure" (my term, not theirs), supported his or her everyday life in subtle but essential ways. They included government-built roads, fire departments, and public schools, among other things. What piece is this? Bonus points for finding wherever it was linked from on MeFi. I'd also appreciate links to other seminal short works of pro-liberal and/or anti-libertarian writing. ("Invisible Knapsack" and "If Men Had Periods" come to mind.)
posted by glass origami robot on May 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Building a new (church) family in Charlotte

My family is nuts. The church I grew up in is nuts. My husband suffers from post-Southern Baptist stress disorder. Help us find a new (liberal) church home! [more inside]
posted by tigerjade on Jan 7, 2013 - 28 answers

Liberal magazines for my Mother Jones-loving Mom?

Last year, I got my mom (a dedicated Northeastern liberal) subscriptions to several liberal magazines for Christmas. She loves Mother Jones hugely, and is OK on American Prospect and The Nation. This year, I want to renew the magazines she likes and send her more as well. The Atlantic is definitely in the mix, but are there others that I'm missing? Liberal books are good as well. [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Oct 19, 2012 - 41 answers

No true scottsman?

Is it fair and accurate of me to believe that my liberalism is not tainted by the massive harm caused by communist dictators and other historical "leftist" movements that have caused great harm? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Needed: politically biased "data" on energy use

My brother is asking for research help, and it's definitely not my area of expertise. Can anyone help him out? He needs books on energy use, but he wants them biased. Yes. [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me, help them, help us all

I need a book recommendation for my conservative parents, something of critical thinking subject matter but not tip them off its picked to change the way they think. [more inside]
posted by MiltonRandKalman on Dec 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Somehow I doubt it worked fine the first time somebody tried it.

What are some examples of "proto-liberal" revolutions, or liberal revolutions attempted before those in the United States and France? [more inside]
posted by edguardo on Nov 21, 2011 - 12 answers

How did mainstream liberals lose their direction (and cojones)?

[Distraught Progressive Filter] I need a postmortem on liberalism in the United States. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Sep 18, 2011 - 28 answers

Liberal Catholic Church In Houston? Is it possible?

Just moved to Houston; my girlfriend is looking for a Catholic church with liberal leanings - is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Robber barons, in reverse

What is the moral obligation that the wealthy have towards the less-well-off? [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Apr 22, 2011 - 75 answers

Where can I find satirical lyrics for Billy Bragg songs inspired by his support for Nick Clegg

Where can I find satirical lyrics for Billy Bragg songs inspired by his support for Nick Clegg [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher on Apr 21, 2011 - 0 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

Austin vs. Chicago

Which city is a better place for a divorced woman in her early 40s to find a male partner (mid-30s to late 40s, roughly); a group of likeminded liberal, intellectual friends, and a decent technical writing job -- Austin or Chicago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 - 11 answers

I need a liberal but-not-too-liberal political book to give my dad.

I have agreed to read a book by Bill O'Rielly that my dad wants me to read, if I can pick out the next book he reads. What should I pick? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Oct 31, 2010 - 38 answers

God Bless Liberals!

Where are the liberal, progressive, Christian blogs and media? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jul 20, 2010 - 27 answers

James and Mary we're not

Help me navigated the political differences between me and my spouse! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 - 42 answers

How to quit grad school and start a career?

I want to quit grad school and start a career. I'm 25 with a BA in English. I know times are tough, but this PhD program -- and the quality of life that accompanies it -- are even tougher. I can do this, right? [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester on May 25, 2010 - 16 answers

A world without straw men

Inspired by this question-- what are some liberal writers who start from a position of comprehension of, and respect for, conservative viewpoints? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on May 7, 2010 - 14 answers

What does "liberal" and "conservative" mean to you?

What does it mean to colloquially say "That city is so liberal" or "That school is so conservative"? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on May 6, 2010 - 16 answers

How to work for evil corporations?

How do I get over working for a company that I am morally and ethically against? This is my first job out of college. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2010 - 47 answers

Well designed t-shirts for the liberal gentleman?

I'm looking for stylish, well-designed Democrat / liberal / left-wing t-shirts. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Feb 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Why can't I just be a liberal?

When and why did modern liberals, especially bloggers, begin to label themselves as "progressives"? Why do they do so? [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on Jan 20, 2010 - 28 answers

Any places similar to Koh Phangan?

What other places in the world are like this place: Koh Phangan in Thailand? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on Jan 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for a nice enlightening magazine

Can you help me find a good progressive magazine to get? I'm looking for something that has in-depth, credible reporting, isn't too shrill, and covers a variety of political, scientific/environmental, and cultural topics. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller on Dec 14, 2009 - 21 answers

Help me back in the church...

Help me reconcile my liberal beliefs with a church family again... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2009 - 39 answers

"Liberal Catholic" doesn't have to be an oxymoron

Looking for liberal Catholic parishes in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by pised on Oct 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Bleeding-heart Liberal in Death Match with Reaganite Bosses!

Get me off my high horse: how can I work with Republicans without losing my cool? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2009 - 57 answers

Help me build a library of lefty kids books

Do you know any good left wing propoganda for toddlers? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Jun 15, 2009 - 51 answers

Churchill rebutt, anyone?

What's a good rebuttal to this famous quote? "If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no head." Winston Churchill
posted by wsg on Mar 26, 2009 - 52 answers

Therapy help for polyamorous triad near Waco?

How do I find a family therapist/counselor in Waco, TX that can help, rather than judge, my polyamorous relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 - 6 answers

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis?

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Mar 25, 2009 - 28 answers

Any interesting, meaningful readings for a liberal Passover Seder on the theme of hope?

Any interesting, meaningful readings for a liberal Passover Seder on the theme of hope? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis on Mar 7, 2009 - 2 answers

The career change I need

Do any progressive organizations need full-time programmers? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Christianity and Liberalism

Can a person be an evangelical Christian and still be a political liberal? This may sound like a simple question but I am open to any and all answers...I find my political views excepting a very few far right beliefs all fall far left....do I have my ducks in a row or do these two worlds necessarily conflict....and yes, I am voting for Obama.
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 24, 2008 - 55 answers

Making money in politics (without being corrupt)

Is it possible to make a decent, relatively steady living in (liberal to center left) politics in Raleigh NC? If so what job(s) should I start looking for? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jan 4, 2008 - 5 answers

What stereotypes do Americans have of Massachusetts and New England?

What stereotypes do Americans have of Massachusetts and New England? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jan 1, 2008 - 64 answers

suggest resources for budding liberal

A student of mine (college junior) asked me to give him a list of progressively-oriented blogs, films, and websites. I have a few ideas for him, but would like to solicit the hive mind for more.
posted by chicainthecity on Dec 18, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me get my head on straight about a political idea

How can a person who doesn't even have a blog start a meme like thing, a cultural change or influence based on word play? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Oct 25, 2007 - 18 answers

Please please please do not go

Where should my liberal South African friend move? My bias: I don't want her to go! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Oct 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Liberal/Lefty/Progressive Blogs that might help a small non-profit raise some cash?

The social justice non-profit I work for is currently participating in a contest run by Six Degrees. Basically, if we are one of the six non-profits that have the largest unique number of on-line donations (given to our organization through a specific link) we'll get grant that doubles the money we raised, up to $10,000. (In other words, we need to have the most givers, not raise the most cash.) Can you suggest any socially progressive/liberal/lefty blogs (along the lines of DailyKos or Turn Maine Blue) with decent readerships that might be willing to plug our group and help us gather donations? The contest ends on Sunday at 11:59 pm, and although we've pushed hard via emails, etc. with our own contacts and member base (we're currently in the top ten), we need to expand our reach quickly if we're going to end up in the top six.
posted by anastasiav on Sep 12, 2007 - 4 answers

We're not in kansas anymore...

Liberal moving to Colorado Springs for the summer. Please Advise. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Feb 12, 2007 - 15 answers

Where we should move?

Looking for suggestions to help us decide where to move. My wife, daughter (2yrs old) and I presently live in Atlanta, GA. We are interesting in moving and were interested in getting some opinions. [more inside]
posted by bydar on Jan 13, 2007 - 19 answers

grants for liberals?

I have some ideas about creating a sort of web site or "netroots" organization around promoting progressive, liberal, and anti-authoritarian ideas, as opposed to a lot of what I see online which mostly concerns itself with the short term goal of getting democrats elected -- not that that's not important, but I don't see much focus on long term strategy and ideas. Anyway I'm wondering if there are any grants I can apply for to help get started. [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Sep 1, 2006 - 8 answers

pirg.org legit?

Know anything about jobs with pirg.org? [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Jul 18, 2006 - 21 answers

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