Summary: I've long believed that our political system has rapidly accumulating strains, soon to rip the system apart so that new coalitions emerge, centered on new issues -- political realignments (see Wikipedia), as has happened before in American history. Not the widely anticipated move to the "middle" (a two-dimensional line), but political reshuffling in multiple … Continue reading Stand by for political realignment in America!
Summary: After the long journey to create modern representative democracies, we might have forgotten how our political machinery works. The basic workings of the engine, not the operation of the buttons on the dashboard. Worse, many of us have adopted superstitions about the engine. All this makes difficult the deep reforms necessary for the 21st … Continue reading How to recruit people to the cause of reforming America
Summary: Collective action is democracy in action, unrestrained by the machinery of the formal political parties. Does the surge in political action of the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movement represent a new morning for America, appropriate at the start of a new millennium. Or are these peasants' protests, venting steam while the 1% … Continue reading Occupy & Tea Party are alike, both saving America through cosplay
Summary: The Million Vet March is typical citizen activism in America, much like the Occupy movement's street parties. Naive, weak leadership. Poorly conceived goals (the GOP, not Obama, shut down the government). Delusional thinking about the breath of their appeal ("million man"). And a lack of internal discipline (tolerance of off-point or even inappropriate messages). … Continue reading The Million Vet March, a typical peasants’ protest. Does it portend more serious protests in our future?
Summary: This is the fourth in this series about the new politics now emerging in America, in some ways different than anything in our long history. Here we look at the new GOP and its shock troops, the Tea Party Movement. When reading the many articles describing it as crazy, ignorant, and doomed -- remember that … Continue reading A new political party for a New America: the Tea Party GOP
Summary: While the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis probably ends in days or a few weeks, the lessons we learn from it can help us better manage the similar crises that lie ahead. Failure to learn and respond to these might have ugly consequences during the next decade. Today we look at one of the two vital lessons. … Continue reading Let’s learn from this inevitable crisis, which results from flaws in our system
Summary: America has many people interested in reforming its politics and government. But not enough. And ever fewer as the Republic weakens, and the cost of opposing the government increases -- and the risk taking the extreme measures necessary becomes severe. Every day these trends dig deeper tracks into our society. Time is our enemy. … Continue reading The bad news about reforming America: time is our enemy