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Beyond Voting
Knabb, Ken
By all means vote if you feel like it. But don't stop there. Real social change requires participation, not representation.
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Putnam, Robert D.
Bowling Alone documents the rise and fall of community activity in the twentieth century in the United States and the social changes this reflects. It offers all the evidence, the confirmatory and the...
Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him
Konrad, Caroline
Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws designed to keep voters who oppose him from the polls.
Changes to voting system leave Canada worse off
Repo. Marjaleena
How did we end up with this convoluted and discriminatory method of voting when we once had perhaps the best method in the world - door-to-door enumeration and no hard-to-get voter ID requirement?
Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
Democracy for the Few
Parenti, Michael
How does the U.S. political system work and for what purpose? What are the major forces shaping political life and how do they operate? Who governs in the United States? Who gets what, when, how, and ...
Electoral reform will give us a voice
Wainwright, Hilary
The democratic case for electoral reform is fundamental, and to attack it as somehow a 'right wing' issue is a betrayal of the radical democratic tradition.
The Fight for Freedom for Women
Tremain, Rose
The fight for women's rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, primarily focusing on Britain and the USA.
GOP Creates Perverse Online Voter Registration, Making It Harder for People to Vote
Bottari, Mary
The bill will ultimately reduce voting by senior citizens, people with disabilities and minorities.
The Great Strike at UNAM: Against The Current vol. 88
Castillo, Christian
The Great Strike of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM), which for more than nine months was occupied by students organized in the Strike General Committee (CGH), started on April 20, 19...
Halle/Chomsky: An Eight Point Brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting)
Halle, John; Chomsky, Noam
Among the elements of the weak form of democracy enshrined in the constitution, presidential elections continue to pose a dilemma for the left in that any form of participation or non participation ap...
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
How to Rig an Election
Collier, Victoria
Election fraud in the United States in the era of computerized voting machines controlled and programmed by far-right corporate executives.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
Letter to a Progressive Democrat: Against The Current vol. 110
Felton, Paul
Dear Progressive Democrat: I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 and I'm proud of it. You voted for Nader and you regret it (or, you voted for Gore, even though you liked Nader better).
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 8, 2015: Elections
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Richwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Elections are the topic of the week, with items related to the October 19 Canadian federal election, and also to broader issues of parliamentary democracy, voting and whether voting can bring about ch...
Parliamentary Names & Numbers Online
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Lists all federal Members of Parliament and Senators, all provincial legislators, federal ministries, federal agencies and Crown corporations, Canadian embassies abroad, provincial and territorial min...
Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice
Zinn, Howard
Essays looking at American political ideology.
The Policy of Abstention
Morris, William
Morris argues that socialism should be fought for using mass action rather than parliamentary action.
Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Political Writings
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited with an introduction by Robert Looker)
A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
Strong voter registration campaign could mean the end for Harper
Fillmore Nick
The primary objective of Stephen Harper's absurdly-named Fair Elections Act is to prevent hundreds-of-thousands of Canadians from voting for the NDP, Liberals, Greens, etc. But efforts to help people...
Suffrage (Voting Rights): Connexipedia Article
The civil right to vote, or the exercise of that right.
Thieving Sons of Bushes: Against The Current vol. 91
Miah, Malik
“Never Trust a Son of Bush” was one of many signs at George W. Bush's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20. Some 25,000 marched in Washington and 15,000 rallied in San Francisco...
To My Less-Evilism Haters: A Rejoinder to Halle and Chomsky
Smolski, Andrew
John Halle has taken to calling my CounterPunch article, No Lesser Evil, Not This Time, "idiotic" and part of the "lunatic and sociopathic left". These pathetic and childlike insults are part of a lef...
What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election
Miller, Anita
Documents fraud in the 2004 U.S. election.
Who the Hell is Supporting Donald Trump?
Blazak, Randy
Somehow the Trump shell game has gained followers. So the question is now, who the hell are these people voting for Trump?
Why aren't people voting?
Repo, Marjaleena
There is much ado about "voter apathy", with a focus on young people, who in creative and desperate ways are urged and "mobbed" to vote. Unfortunately, much of this effort is barking up the wrong tree...
Women's Suffrage (Canada): Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Suffrage campaign in the late 19th century which aimed to achieve votes for all women as a democratic right.

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Fair Vote Canada
A multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting system reform. Canadians from all points on the political spectrum, all regions and all walks of life are joining FVC to demand a fair voting system - a ...

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Fair Vote Canada
Representing over 55,000 Canadians, Fair Vote Canada is a grassroots, multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of g...

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Iran bars foreign media from reporting on protests
Sources News Release
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government's decision to bar foreign journalists from leaving their offices to report, film, or take photographs--a restriction intended to pr...
October 19, 2015 is Voting Day: Are You Registered To Vote?
Sources News Release
Check, update or complete your voter registration at or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868. You can register in advance until October 13 at 6 pm local time. After that, you must regi...
Preservation or plunder? The battle over the British Museum's Indigenous Australian show
Indigenous Australians are calling for the objects on show at the British Museum's new exhibition to be returned.

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Double Standards
Focusing on double standards in the media and in international politics. "Double Standard 1. a rule or principle applied more strictly to some people more than others (or oneself)."
Fair Vote Canada - Home
A multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting system reform. Canadians from all points on the political spectrum, all regions and all walks of life are joining FVC to demand a fair voting system - a ...