A divisive politics is not necessarily a dysfunctional politics. Life is individualistic; an individual’s experiences are filtered through the lens of his or her own…View More Is Individualism Compatible with Democratic Strains of Thinking?
In terms of public actions, there are few more selfish acts than voting. Voting is an individual act: a vote for or against a candidate…View More Voting Is Selfish. Which Is Why Get-Out-The-Vote Drives Are Unseemly.
Democratic government has its fair share of drawbacks, and perhaps none of these contributes to dysfunction so much as the constant pressure re-election exerts on…View More Lights, Camera, Politics
Political reform, whether it favors sweeping institutional overhauls or looks to fixes tailored towards more narrow problems, operates under the assumption that government dysfunction ultimately…View More The Missing Element of Political Reform Debates
There is a strain of modern political thought that equates specialized knowledge and topical expertise with elitism, itself rooted in anti-populism. Such thinking contributes to…View More Congress Is Inept Because It Was Never Meant to Be the Primary Political Problem Solver
There is perhaps nothing so indicative of an increasingly oligarchic trend in government as language from politicians signaling their actions are oriented around what is…View More The Shutdown Highlights Oligarchic Attitudes in Government
If one believes that many of the shortcomings of today’s politics can ultimately be traced to the abandonment of federalist principles—as tends to typify certain…View More Re-establishing federalism starts with divorcing national politics from elections