‘Low Information Voters’: Euphemism and Truth

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View image | gettyimages.com Every day in my day job I run into a lot of ‘low information voters’, people who ‘aren’t political’ who ask me my opinion of this candidate or that one, or this policy or that one. Many of those people work backbreaking jobs, or juggle the monumental tasks of surviving while impoverished, or deal with the day in and day out grind of disability. Just because they ask my opinion doesn’t mean that they have any intention of agreeing with me, as most of them are fully aware that I’m ‘left of Lennon’, a left lefty…

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Threats to Democracy: Ignorance and Zombie Lies

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  Ignorance and Zombie Lies are Threats to Democracy Government of the people, by the people, for the people: That is the crux of democracy. And it is under attack in the United States, mostly by the right, but also by politicians on the left who, as the price for participation in lawmaking, become beholden to corporations. (Pardon the highfalutin talk. I’ve been watching Deadwood this weekend, and the language is seeping into my subconscious). In a democracy, government reflects its people. This is true even in a republic, through the principle of each person hiring their representatives. There are several dimensions to…

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Occupy Wall Street: A Movement in Search of an Agenda

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Occupy Wall Street is the embryo of a true grassroots movement that has the potential to develop serious clout over the next few election cycles. One of the wonderful things about real grassroots movements (in contrast to AstroTurf movements funded by corporate America) is that they are fluid. As those who formed the movement educate themselves and knowledge and power grows, the agenda shifts and adjusts to the changes. Ideas become plans and plans become actions. Actions lead to serious political changes. So why not think big? The man problem – the main idea – behind Occupy Wall Street and…

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