Discussing Some Drivers Of Voter Participation

Our society is founded on the idea that the government’s legitimacy stems from its representation of what the majority of the population wants. We express this through elections in which the population chooses the representatives whom they trust most to do this. This is why voter participation is an important concept. Voter participation is the … Read more

A quick discussion of Ranked-Choice and Approval voting methods, and why Ranked-Choice is better

I support a party-list proportional voting system for the lower houses of the federal and state legislatures. I think that kind of broad approach is a better system than dividing the seats for those bodies into districts that have only a single representative elected from each. But that still leaves the question of how to … Read more

Proportional Voting Is Fair Voting

What if there was a voting reform that could end gerrymandering, increase voter turnout, increase the number of parties we can choose from, , fairly represent everyone, decrease polarization, and decrease the impact of money in politics? And what if this reform could easily be supported by all voters? This exists. It’s called a proportional … Read more

Understanding the connection between Nationalism, Democracy, and Human Rights

You will hear many complaints about nationalism and tribalism these days, especially from cultural elites such as academics.  It’s become stylish to present these as negative ideologies that contribute to wars, etc. The implication is that human beings can somehow function without the group parts of their identity.  But before we throw the baby out … Read more

This is the right way to do Electoral College reform

Watching an American presidential election involves carefully tracking the candidates’ electoral votes.  But why do we have an electoral college in the first place?  Is there a reason to keep it?  We don’t vote for our governors – or any other official – in this indirect way. The answer is that the college exists for … Read more

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