Is the U.S. Too Democratic?
The problems facing the United States, from national debt to foreign policy, may be the result of having too many elections, according to economist Dambisa Moyo.
That bedrock of constitutional democracy—the election—may be handicapping the United States. "Not that democracy is a bad thing," economist Dambisa Moyo told PRI's The Takeaway. Many of the problems facing the country can be solved in a democratic framework. But the constant election cycle "means that governments do not have the opportunity to focus on structural, longer term problems like pensions, like infrastructure, like education," according to Moyo. "They're forced into myopia and to short-termism, and it's that that is actually causing this decline in economics."
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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