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- Gerald Celente – Direct Democracy
Gerald Celente - Direct Democracy
03 May 2012 , 9:35 AM by Karyn Wood
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- initiative process more
Regarding the editorial on Monday, "Are propositions out of control?":
The Arizona Republic claims that with at least 16 initiatives filed with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, the November ballot could be crowded and "this is far too much of a good thing."
I disagree. The people of Arizona should strongly support the direct democracy use of the initiative and the referendum. Read the Rest...
- Sneak peek at the ballot – for November 2014
- It's a bit early, but we wanted to give you a head's-up about what voters could see on the ballot come November 2014.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, told the Sacramento Press Club this week that he is launching an effort to make major changes in California's storied direct democracy system.
Specifically, Steinberg wants to allow the Legislature to place initiatives on the ballot, including measures to raise taxes, by a majority vote of lawmakers. It currently takes a two-thirds vote to do that. Read the Rest...
- Improbable research: why random selection of MPs may be best
- Democracies would be better off if they chose some of their politicians at random. That's the word, mathematically obtained, from a team of Italian physicists, economists, and political analysts.
The team includes the trio whose earlier research showed, also mathematically, that bureaucracies would be more efficient if they promoted people at random. Read the Rest...
- The 99.99998271%: Crushing Dissent – The Smearing of Wikileaks and Occupy
- Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the worst possible future abuse by a government over its own citizens. The first thing likely to come to mind for many would be assassination of citizens without due process. Read the Rest...
- Carne Ross on Being an Agent of Change
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- Former lawmaker takes on initiative process
Fixing California’s ballot initiative process, fraught with obvious shortcomings, according to its detractors, cannot be done until the National Initiative for Democracy is passed by more than 66 million voters in the country, Mike Gravel said yesterday in San Mateo.
Gravel, who ran for president in 2008, is a former senator from Alaska who has been on a nearly 20-year mission to give lawmaking power to the general public independently of Congress and the president. Read the Rest...
- Just Who Fears Democracy? On the Need to Update the American Republic
- For all of Europe's current problems, it has done a better job than the United States of protecting the social welfare of its citizens. As The Globalist's Stephan Richter writes, the longer the American debate clings to its individualism-and-freedom rhetoric, the more removed it becomes from the real-life concerns of ordinary Americans.
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- Greek Lessons: Democracy versus Debt-Bondage
- It is a truism to say that democracy began with the Greeks – less so to say that it originated in popular rebellion against debt and debt-bondage. Yet, with the Greek people ensnared once more in the vice-grip of rich debt-holders, it may be useful to recall that fact. For the only hope today of reclaiming democracy in Greece (and elsewhere) resides in the prospect of a mass uprising against modern debt-bondage that extends the rule of the people into the economic sphere. Read the Rest...
- Online petitions crack through board rooms, capitals
- By Judson Berger
Published February 25, 2012
The online petition movement has come a long way from chain mails that threaten eternal bad luck for failing to forward a message to at least five friends. Read the Rest...