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The Case For Multiparty Democracy

via New America

Excerpt adapted from Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America by Lee Drutman.

Today, American parties are more united internally around competing visions of national identity than any time since the Civil War. This division defines national partisan conflict and communicates to voters what is important. And because it is binary, it communicates only two, irreconcilable options. Voting means endorsing one of these visions, either implicitly or explicitly. A vote with reservations counts the same as a vote without reservations. An enthusiastic vote for Trump's anti-immigration policies counts the same as a hesitant vote against Clinton.

A multiparty system in America would not collapse such thinking into reductionist binary generalizations. It would offer more options across the spectrum and give voters more ability to see nuance and shades of gray. A ranked-choice voting system, where voters could order their preferences, would add even more precision and nuance to elections.

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Posted on January 24, 2020

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A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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The Case For Multiparty Democracy

via New America
If voters learn what politics should be about through electoral campaigns, multiparty and two-party democracy communicate different messages. Multiparty democracy communicates that democracy is about building coalitions and alliances. Two-party democracy communicates that democracy is about the true majority triumphing.

Posted on January 24, 2020

The Fall Of 1987

By Doug E. Doug
A dope novel.

Posted on January 14, 2020

How To Blow The Whistle

By Boing Boing
"If you need to avoid leaving a metadata trail about your interest in this topic, make sure to buy at a physical bookstore and pay with cash."

Posted on January 10, 2020

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases Of The Civil Right Era

By The National Press Club
Known as "the South's Simon Wiesenthal," Jerry Mitchell received a genius grant in 2009 and still works as an investigative reporter for the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger.

Posted on January 8, 2020

Wikipedia's Gender Problem

By Kirsten Menger-Anderson/Undark
I tallied how often women were cited in Wikipedia's top math and literature pages. The results weren't pretty.

Posted on January 4, 2020

How The Russians Bugged Selectric Typewriters In The U.S. Embassy

By Boing Boing
Eric Haseltine's The Spy in Moscow Station tells of a time when - much like today - Russian spycraft had proven itself far beyond the best technology the U.S. had to offer. The perils of American arrogance mixed with bureaucratic infighting left the country unspeakably vulnerable to ultra-sophisticated Russian electronic surveillance and espionage.

Posted on January 1, 2020

Welcome To Cli-Fi, The Literature Of Climate Change

By Adeline Johns-Putra/The Conversation
The phenomenon of cli-fi as a whole offers us different ways and a multitude of spaces in which to consider climate change and how we address it.

Posted on December 17, 2019

Earth At Night

The images reveal how human activity and natural phenomena light up the darkness around the world, depicting the intricate structure of cities, wildfires and volcanoes raging, auroras dancing across the polar skies, moonlight reflecting off snow and deserts, and other dramatic earthly scenes.

Posted on December 11, 2019

Americans Still Wrong About Climate Change

By Bobby Duffy/The Conversation
Perhaps shitty media coverage has something to do with it.

Posted on December 9, 2019

SIU Press Holiday Sale: Give The Gift Of Chicago, Illinois History, Rhetorics & Feminisms, Theater In The Americas, And Some Crab Orchard Poetry

By SIU Press
I love SIU Press.

Posted on December 5, 2019

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