Tag: democracy

Climate Tech, Compassion, and the Innovation Crucible: Highlights of TE22

Maria Ressa told us freedom is at stake. “Online harms turn into real world harms,” said 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa. ”The weaponization of the legal system, or as my lawyers call it ‘lawfare’, is something…I hope doesn’t come to America. But the polarization of politics, the addiction to the technology, all of […]

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Machinery of the state

In Mai Hassan’s studies of Kenya, she documented the emergence of a sprawling administrative network officially billed as encouraging economic development, overseeing the population, and bolstering democracy. But Hassan’s field interviews and archival research revealed a more sinister purpose for the hundreds of administrative and security offices dotting the nation: “They were there to do […]

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We’re Done Celebrating. Now, Here Are Six Things to Do To Save Democracy.

Second, we need to leverage our sheer numbers and creativity – via a broad based, multi-racial majoritarian movement – to resist. The reality is that most Americans still want to live in a democracy. Let’s work to organize this movement now, and with a sense of urgency. We need to build a pro-democracy coalition that continues […]

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Biden’s Democracy Argument Worked

Still, I think a lot could have gone wrong with the way Democrats messaged around a defense of democracy. When Biden trotted out “ultra MAGA” some months ago, I worried he was more likely to energize the opposition than rally his own troops. But more recently, I heard one of Pennsylvania Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s final […]

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“We Live More on the Knife’s Edge”: John Sides on the Midterms

Political scientists and journalists watch elections through completely different lenses. Whereas journalists think of key moments and momentum swings, political scientists say pshaw to all that. Elections are about the fundamentals; the “natural political forces,” in the words of John Sides, that history shows are more powerful than ads and debate slipups. Sides is one […]

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Is “Democracy on the Ballot”? It Depends Where You Live.

“Whereas before redistricting, 12 of the state’s then 36 districts had been competitive, under new maps, only 3 of 38 districts are—and two of them just barely,” the Brennan Center concluded. (Texas gained two seats after the 2020 census.) “Moreover, virtually all Republican districts in Texas are not only safe, but ultra-safe. In all, a […]

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The Weirdest, Smallest Counter-Protest Took Place at Biden’s Speech on the Threat to Democracy

On Wednesday, Gabbard tweeted a video endorsing Blake Masters, citing a need to “rein in big tech companies.” (Masters and Vance have both enjoyed financial support from the venture capital and technology industry they were a part of, including from tech billionaire Peter Thiel.) Also on Wednesday, Gabbard appeared at a rally for South Dakota […]

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Jordan Klepper Isn’t Here To Make Us Feel Better About The State Of Democracy

It’s easy to feel a small amount of smug superiority over how batshit some of the folks are that Jordan Klepper talks with in his regular forays outside various MAGA rallies and hootnannies for The Daily Show and specials like tonight’s Jordan Klepper Fingers The Midterms: America Unfollows Democracy (which airs at 11:30 on Comedy […]

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Why the 2022 elections might determine the future of democracy in the US

Voters need to pay attention to races up and down the ballot — especially to more obscure county-level contests — to protect democracy, panelists said during an Oct. 12 discussion titled “Why the 2022 Elections May Determine the Future of Democracy in the U.S.” While national and congressional races get the most attention, voters may […]

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Democrats Have a Great Economic Story to Tell. Here’s a Three-Step Plan to Revive It.

These are not typos. Most of the gaudy Democratic numbers are due to Clinton, under whom 22 million jobs were created, the stock market boomed, and a $290 billion deficit became a $236 billion surplus. But more than 11 million jobs were created under Obama. And on the topic of job creation, we can now […]

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Will the Bob Woodward Audiobook Put Trump Back on the Ballot?

It is of course understandable that inflation is people’s top concern. People generally don’t start worrying about abstract things like democracy until it’s too late. And it’s also the case that matters are largely in the hands of the least-informed voters. That is, modern American elections see roughly 47 percent of the electorate locked in […]

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Why Republicans Are Ignoring Extremism in the Military

Men in military gear were among the thousands who flocked to the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, for a rally in support of gun rights, Jan. 20, 2020. (Still from VICE News’ “American Terror” video) This content comes from the latest installment of our weekly Breaking the Vote newsletter out of VICE News’ D.C. bureau, tracking the ongoing […]

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How World War I Crushed the American Left

The war years saw a surge in racist violence and lynching around the country, sometimes explicitly fueled by white fears over Black men enlisting and fighting in the military, but elsewhere tied to existing economic and social tensions. In East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1917, hundreds of African Americans were killed, and homes and businesses […]

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I Voted for Trump and DeSantis—and Now Regret It. Here’s How Democrats Can Appeal to Voters Like Me.

We already know what a GOP congressional majority will do, given the chance: At best, they will accomplish a whole lot of nothing; at worst, they’ll continue to dismantle democracy root and branch. We already know what GOP majorities in governors’ mansions and state legislatures will do: They’ll tell 10 year-old girls, impregnated by their […]

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The January 6 Committee Is Wrapping Up. Here’s What Mehdi Hasan, Laurence Tribe, and Other Experts Hope It Accomplishes.

As Trump’s Big Lie festers among the Republican Party and political norms continue to erode, we at The New Republic are pretty concerned about the future of small “d” democracy, both in the U.S. and abroad. So we’ve started a series we’ve termed Democracy Watch, wherein we will regularly survey experts, writers, and generally interesting thinkers on a […]

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Where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stands

Editor’s note: Since this event was held on Oct. 7, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has continued to evolve, including airstrikes on Ukranian cities following an explosion that damaged a key bridge linking Russia to Crimea. More than seven months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the battlefield map has shown recent progress for Ukranian forces — and […]

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The GOP’s Cult of Election Deniers Are a Growing Threat to the Nation

Attorneys general defend their states in court, meaning that they decide what kinds of legal mischief to go after and what to leave alone. Big Lie candidates are on the ballot, Fiddler writes, in 10 states. They’re mostly red and purple states. To read about some of these people is mind-blowing. Arizona candidate Abe Hamadeh […]

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The GOP’s Cult of Election Deniers Is a Growing Threat to the Nation

And what body might give them that authority? Ironically, the Supreme Court. The highest legal authority in the land appears poised to make potential election theft the law of the land. This term, the court is hearing Moore v. Harper, a case in which Republicans in six swing states are arguing that state legislatures should […]

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If Innovation Slows, The World Goes

Is innovation slowing down? Vivienne Ming, a speaker at our upcoming Techonomy 2022 conference this November in Sonoma, has data that says the answer is yes. Her explanation? “Information has become too cheap,” this neuroscientist and innovation expert says. “The faster information flows, the slower innovation goes.” That’s because, her research has shown, as search […]

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The Problem With Herschel Walker and His Republican Enablers Is Not Their Hypocrisy

That’s all to the good, but there’s a more critical matter that’s going uncovered. The rise of unqualified-to-serve politicians in Congress, such as Tommy Tuberville—who couldn’t beat Vanderbilt as head coach of Auburn or name the three branches of government—or potentially Walker, if elected, is also a serious attack on democracy. Walker isn’t a “hypocrite” […]

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The War for Democracy in America Will Be Lost—or Won—in the States

The relative inability of even the most attentive citizens to hold state legislatures accountable for serving special interests is compounded by gerrymandering, which has profoundly distorted the voters’ will. My own state, North Carolina, is a case in point: In 2018, Republicans won less than half of the vote, yet the legislative map they created […]

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Making each vote count

Graduate student Jacob Jaffe wants to improve the administration of American elections. To do that, he is posing “questions in political science that we haven’t been asking enough,” he says, “and solving them with methods we haven’t been using enough.” Considerable research has been devoted to understanding “who votes, and what makes people vote or […]

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Our Democracy Is in Trouble, but We’ve Been Here Before (With Heather Cox Richardson)

Then there’s the other things, of course, that everybody talks about: Run for office, vote, give money to causes, stand up for things you believe in. All those things are part of participating in our political system. But the first of those to me is speak up: Speak up to your neighbors, speak up to […]

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Democrats: Steal This Move From Lindsey Graham

[The media is] reacting the way they think they’re supposed to react to maintain [their] “neutral” bona fides—by policing norms and obsessing over how it’ll affect the horserace; by neither validating [nor] invalidating the critique. That’s not to say their reaction is unimportant, if it persists unanswered or successfully drives Democrats into retreat, the idea […]

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Michelle Obama And Chris Paul Celebrate National Black Voter Day [Watch]

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Kevin Winter / Gettyvid Former first lady Michelle Obama celebrated National Black Voter Day with a joyful video greeting. The When We All Vote founder was joined by co-chair Chris Paul in celebrating Black voter achievements and encouraging voters to stay the course in the upcoming midterm elections. [embedded content] Falling […]

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Democracy Is Always On The Ballot For Black People

Black democracy advocates in Detroit protest efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Source: NurPhoto / Getty In 1852, Frederick Douglas questioned the meaning of Independence Day to enslaved Black people. Douglass challenged the hypocrisy of a nation founded partly on principles of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Now, 170 years later, the broader ideals […]

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Free the Internet

Meanwhile, the same companies that bolster predatory inclusion also play host to explicitly racist and sexist material, because of the ways that algorithms reflect human biases, and because of the innovative and well-funded efforts of right-wing activists to game search engine results and exploit online advertising. In the attention economy, it doesn’t necessarily behoove companies […]

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New Video Footage Highlights Alleged Election Systems Breach In Rural Georgia

NewsOne Featured Video Election deniers gathered at the Georgia State Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 Source: VIRGINIE KIPPELEN / Getty Video footage from a county board of elections in rural Georgia highlights the lengths election deniers went to back Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election. The alleged election systems breach in Coffee County also plays […]

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Economics, Democracy, and Freedom: It’s All One Argument

He was a malignant force in many ways. But I admit that he came up with a great way to open a book. Friedman is no cagey welterweight feeling the opponent out in round one. He’s a heavyweight who comes out swinging right at the opening bell. This is not about economics, he wrote. It’s […]

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What Is Democracy? Black Leaders Meet With Biden Amid Fears Of Political Violence, Voter Suppression

NewsOne Featured Video Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to the press outside of the West Wing after a meeting with President Joe Biden and civil rights leaders at the White House in Washington, D.C., on September 2, 2022. | Source: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty Black and civil rights leaders met with President Joe Biden on Friday […]

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