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The Presidential Debate Missed the Biggest Issue

Getting money out of politics gets bipartisan support, so why not go for a mandate? Democracy Spring protesters marched on the US Capitol to protest big money in politics and voting rights restrictions. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Despite liberals’ best efforts at self-reassurance and Donald Trump’s poor performance in the first debate, his anti-establishment messaging still holds great appeal for a large portion of our electorate. This is hardly news, but what’s the essential lesson for all of us? That most Americans feel cut out. They’re angry that they have no real voice in our democracy — because they don’t: Political scientists have found it’s even more true than most of us would

To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse—That Is The (Wrong) Question

Public figures and political organizations are wringing their hands: Do we publicly throw our weight behind a fear-mongering demagogue or do we suck it up and endorse a “career politician” who can’t seem to earn voters’ trust? But what if “endorsement” is a political red herring? “Endorsing” suggests approval, but for a lot of us that option is closed. But, hey, we still have to choose—we must choose because democracy itself is at stake today. By this we mean that Big Money has come to dominate our political system and voting rights are under attack. As democracy itself is in jeopardy, in this election here’s what we strive for: to act strategically—weighing the long-term consequences of the

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