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After Selma—Again

We might honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and the marchers in Selma by making voting in federal elections an obligation of citizenship.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 READ MORE



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Is It Time to Revisit Compulsory Voting?

Tea partyers would kick and scream over it, but the idea of compulsory voting is not foreign to American soil. In other countries, it’s been shown to increase democratic participation into the 90-percent-plus range. Such a law in the U.S. would likely empower Democrats, who’ve traditionally won the votes of the poor and minorities.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 READ MORE



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10 Warnings for Arab Democracies

Truthdig columnist Juan Cole has some sobering words of caution for those in the Arab world with a “once-in-a-century” shot at making their nations into thriving, functional democracies.  (more)

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


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