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  • President Bloomberg? How Bloomberg Could Win — With Slightly Different Voting Rules

    Could Michael Bloomberg actually win? Or should he spend his billions on fixing our broken electoral system instead?

  • The New York City Mayoral Race: A Voting System Built for Warfare

    As I walked around New York City today, I spotted a poster advertising British soccer—the poster read, “Keep Calm and Pick a Side”—and I immediately had an epiphany about modern politics.  Like the narratives...

  • Why the Republicans Lost

    A Failed Voting System in the Primaries Selects Less-Popular Candidates Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination after building momentum in the primaries in New Hampshire, Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Michigan,...

  • Bipolar Politics: The Beginning and End of the Two-Party System

    Modern American society is built on the twin concepts of “democracy” and “freedom.” But if we truly believe in democracy and freedom, then we have no alternative but to get rid of the archaic laws that force us to...

  • Approval Voting: The Future of Intelligent Elections

    I’m so frustrated. What’s wrong? I know I should vote in November, but I’m totally over Obama, and Romney is kind of a tool. I don’t know what to do. So, vote for someone else. But that would be like...

  • I swear, this is the most important election of all time!

    Never before in our nation’s history have we faced such a monumental decision. The stakes are enormous: the next President will not only be dealing with a possible recession but will also be the Commander in...

  • You Are Not Your Task List

    Anxiety Creates Extra Tasks - And Problems Have you ever had one of those ‘super-productive’ days where you burn through all of your tasks and then feel... strangely hollow? This feeling arises because, as...

  • Taking the Fear Out of Voting

    by Clay Shentrup The Problem My fellow voter: have you ever been afraid to vote for your favorite candidate? If so, you’re not alone. It happens to the best of us. Take my friend Bob. Back in the 2008...

  • NoWorkNoSchoolNoBankingNoShopping YesJusticeYesLoveYesMay1st

    Today is a nationwide General Strike. Take a day off from your normal life and find an event in your city. See you in the streets and have a great day!

  • Defining Democracy

    Last week I asked readers to answer this single question: “What is democracy?” I asked this question -- without consulting a dictionary or political science textbook -- because I am not sure of the answer...

  • What is Democracy?

    For this week’s post I would like to ask a single question: What is democracy? Please share your answers in the comments. I will feature what I think are the most interesting responses in next week’s post. I...

  • Reconciling the Spiritual and Socio-Political

    I have spiritual goals and I have socio-political goals. My spiritual goals, which I won’t go into too much detail about, are probably similar to many other people's: increase my compassion, love, and wisdom so...

  • Why We Need to Talk About Trayvon Martin

    by Daphne Muller At the center of the debate surrounding the legality of George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin is the question of whether or not Zimmerman uttered a racial slur as he pursued the 17-year...

  • We Are All Accomplices to Financial Fraud

    As spring arrives and the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City returns to public visibility many people will be asking the self-proclaimed ‘occupiers’ what their point is. U.S. media reports suggest that...

  • It's Time for Revolution, Not Protest

    Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11, U.S. Constitution: "The Congress shall have Power To declare War” Rep. Ron Paul in the U.S. House of Representatives, October 3, 2002: “The process by which we've...

  • Bomb Iran: A Parable

    There’s this weird kid called Ali on the playground. I’ve never liked the looks of him, and Benji told me this kid doesn’t have any friends. I think he has a different religion from the other weird kids, who...

  • How to Ask a Good Question at a Public Event

    Have you ever attended a public talk where the moderator or speaker invited audience members to ask questions afterwards? If you have, I bet you heard someone ask a question like this: “Mr. Senator, I am a...

  • The Language of War

    ‘Headline thinking’ -- which last week I defined as the natural human tendency to "equate the actions of a certain person (or certain specific people) with the actions of a generic ‘label,’ such as the name of a...

  • The Dangers of 'Headline Thinking'

    Thanks to everyone who read, commented on, and shared my first column, "The Beautiful Optimism of Libertarianism," last week. The responses were thoughtful and varied significantly; I hope to address the...

  • Welcome + The Beautiful Optimism of Libertarianism

    Welcome to Action In Action, a new column on Big Think that seeks to investigate and clarify the underlying structural causes of America’s economic, political, and social problems.  Some background on me: I am...

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