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Gerrymandering in the United States

Gerrymandering in the United States

    By Jim Sullivan There is no such thing as a perfect political system, and the United States is no exception to that rule.  As a matter of fact, both the United States and India are currently widely considered to be dysfunctional democracies. We need not look far for evidence of political dysfunction in […]

Oligarchy vs. Plutocracy

Oligarchy vs. Plutocracy

    By Jim Sullivan Given the strong tilt of the current House and Senate tax bills toward the wealthy, I began wondering if our government is a democracy or , as some say, an oligarchy or even a plutocracy. To answer this question I researched measures of wealth for members of Congress. First some […]

Ambitious woman will run for California Governor

Ambitious woman will run for California Governor

By Jim Sullivan   Stasyi Barth is an ambitious woman–she intends to run for California Governor in 2018.  And her political goals are just as ambitious.  Among other things, she wants to:          o  restore the rule of law in California          o  give control of their state back to Californians          o  reform the […]

Can Democracy and Capitalism Coexist?

Can Democracy and Capitalism Coexist?

    By Jim Sullivan Given the recent very large increase in income inequality in the United States, some are asking if democracy and capitalism can coexist peacefully and productively in America. To begin to answer this question, we must note that not just any old democracy is compatible with capitalism. As examples I cite […]

Unstoppable by Ralph Nader

Unstoppable by Ralph Nader

By Jim Sullivan Most of us see the liberal and conservative political camps as mutually exclusive. Philosophers call this a Manichean view of reality because it entails seeing things in black and white. So in the Manichean view of the world, liberalism and conservatism are seen in black and white, or as mutually exclusive. This […]

A Citizen Political Education Project

A Citizen Political Education Project

By Jim Sullivan Immediately after the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787 a colonist asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government the convention had given them. He replied, “A republic, if we can keep it.” When Benjamin Franklin made that statement, the free white population of the thirteen colonies was approximately 2.9 million. Key to keeping […]

Finding the balanced sources for voting information

Finding the balanced sources for voting information

      By Jim Sullivan Thomas Jefferson once said “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”  He meant that in order for democracy to succeed, citizens must be informed.   Even though our country is much larger today than in Jefferson’s time, and political issues more complex, Jefferson’s […]

Think about privacy–a human right

Think about privacy–a human right

  . . . By Jim Sullivan Judging from recent news articles and discussion in the media, treatment privacy has taken center stage as an important topic in the United States.  The release of government secrets by Bradley Manning and  Edward Snowden are currently the highest profile stories about privacy, find but widespread compiling of […]

When May I Shoot a Student? – The question posed in the New York Times

When May I Shoot a Student? – The question posed in the New York Times

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