Thanks to Trump, the Supremes and the Crazies

Elections Ideas and Issues Rights United States

            Chicago          My mother always insisted after every birthday and Christmas, and it seemed like a host of other occasions, that my brother and I write “thank you” notes.  That lesson set hard on my brother, and he embraced it as a good thing.  I didn’t disagree with the practice, but often it was bottom-of-the-list-business …

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Trusting the Voters Turns Out Not Bad

Ballot Elections National Politics Politics

            Brussels          In the United States, real populists, meaning candidates who really believe in the people, rather than being demagogues and wannabe-autocrats, believed in the initiative and recall process, solidified in a number of states in the Progressive Era, more than one-hundred years ago.  Certainly, not all states have them.  They were in fact more …

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The People Speak – In Tongues

Democracy Elections Ideas and Issues Personal Writings

            Rotterdam       Rotterdam is an interesting and attractive city.  Meeting with an old colleague and having dinner with her family, I walked several kilometers under a huge moon from the western district back towards the city centre and the harbor area, where we were staying at an inexpensive business hotel.  There were long stretches of …

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