A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our sense that we are exceptional country, the city on the hill, with structures and political values that should be emulated around the world.

Here we focus on the structure of the government under the Constitution, the role of money and the domination of our politics and government by the wealthy and corporations.


The Posts about the American Political System

books, politics

Reading George Packer’s Last Best Hope: America in crisis and renewal

August 15, 2021 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Humans, Human Culture and Popular Government

March 22, 2021 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
empire, politics, security state

9/11 and the Trump Pandemic – a contrast in reactions

December 5, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Trump and Republicans bring us a 9/11 every day

December 3, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

The Crisis of The American Political System

November 6, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
Video Posts, healthcare, politics

Video Post – Trump’s Pandemic

August 7, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
healthcare, political system, politics

The Trumplican Pandemic

June 30, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
inequality, political system, politics, racism

Reparations and the System of White Supremacy

June 25, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

End Anonymity

June 15, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, racism, recently noted

Recently Noted – Eric Foner on the Electoral College, presidential elections…..

May 21, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
books, economy, education, family, healthcare, inequality, justice/jails, politics

Tightrope – Americans reaching for hope by Kristof and WuDunn – book review

May 1, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, inequality, politics

How the Rich and Big Corporations Feed Off Us During the Pandemic

May 1, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
environment, free-market ideology, political system, video-movies-podcasts

Recently Noted – the chemical industry, government, and personal connections to TCE

March 1, 2020 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
empire, politics, security state

How America Tortures – a new report with drawings and a movie

December 13, 2019 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

A Window into the Minds of Conservatives – The Bulwark

November 20, 2019 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics

Nobel Prize Winners Critique Markets – Duflo and Bannerjee

October 27, 2019 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
other, political system

Our History – the intentionally forgotten – a new keynote essay

August 2, 2019 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics, recently noted, video-movies-podcasts

Recently Noted – Robert Reich: Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Rest – a new video presentation

April 8, 2019 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

The Moral Bankruptcy of the Republican Party

February 19, 2019 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
education, healthcare, inequality, politics

Roosevelt’s 1944 Second Bill of Rights – a good starting point today

FDR
February 14, 2019 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics, video-movies-podcasts

Political Inequality – the other inequality

Boss Tweed on controlling nominating process
January 15, 2019 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
inequality, political system, politics

Inequality, Jeff Bezos, Amazon and Bernie Sanders

Jeff Bezos Amazon image
August 22, 2018 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
environment, free-market ideology, political system

Plastics and Run Amuck Capitalism

August 20, 2018 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Do Protests Work? – Time for Class Warfare

illustration by Adam Maida in 8/21/17 New Yorker
May 21, 2018 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
justice/jails, politics

Gun Regulation, the 2nd Amendment, and Scalia’s Majority Opinion

Justice Antonin Scalia
May 9, 2018 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

How to Spot Fake News – libraries get in the game…..

February 20, 2018 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
free-market ideology, political system, politics, recently noted, video-movies-podcasts

Recently Noted – Robert Reich: how we got into this mess and how we get out of it

Robert Reich
December 29, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, politics

Deficits, Deficits – the rhetoric of the forthcoming attacks on the poor

Economic Downturn and Legacy of Bush Policies Continue to Drive Large Deficits
December 20, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
family, healthcare, politics

Vicious Republicans Attack Children’s Health Insurance Program

December 12, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Trump Republican Policy Crimes (some only attempted at the moment)

November 30, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics, recently noted

Recently Noted – “What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer”

November 7, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, political system, politics

Trickle-Down Returns to Enrich the Rich – updated

September 28, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics, racism

Trump, Charlottesville, and Presidential Blinders to White Terrorism

August 15, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
healthcare, political system, politics

The Republican Party – vicious at the edges

June 23, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Vicious Republicans Not Trump Are The Problem

June 22, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Trump’s Innovations in Governing – the cabinet meeting

June 12, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
environment, political system, politics

The Environment, Trump, Koch Brothers & Big Money

June 5, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
empire, politics

Movie – War Machine – a misplaced parable

May 28, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Update on Trump’s Mental Capacities

May 26, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Trump’s Innovations in Governing

May 15, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
justice/jails, politics

America’s Longest War and Attorney General Sessions

May 13, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Firing Comey and Trump as Solipsism

May 10, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Trump – understanding the pathology

May 10, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Obama, Wall St. and Big Money

May 8, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
books, economy, free-market ideology, politics

Building the New American Economy – Not

April 5, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
justice/jails, politics

Justice in America – Not

April 5, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics

Job (Business) Killing Regulations

March 2, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Diversity and Identity Politics Is A Deadend

March 1, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, politics

How Much Money Would It Take To Eliminate Poverty in the US?

February 26, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Is Trump Showing Signs of His Age??

February 23, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
free-market ideology, politics

Neoliberalism – a term that needs never to be used – Updated

February 10, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
healthcare, politics

Congressman Faso’s Challenge

January 30, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, political system, politics

Talk Back: Correcting the Anti-Government Bias of Our Politics

January 29, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

The Future of the Women’s March

January 24, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, political system, politics, video-movies-podcasts

Park Avenue and How We Got There

January 22, 2017 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics, security state

Revisiting MetaData – Your Life Made Visible

November 17, 2016 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
free-market ideology, politics

“Liberal”, “Progressive”, “Free Market”, “NeoLiberal” – what’s up?

November 15, 2016 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Next Steps for Progressives

November 14, 2016 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Election Results: The Next Ten Years

November 9, 2016 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Money in US Politics and Supporting Bernie Sanders

February 3, 2016 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Hillary Clinton, Big Money, and Corruption

June 6, 2015 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Gay Marriage – how did this transformation occur?

October 7, 2014 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system

The Corruption at the Center of American Politics and Government

June 16, 2014 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
justice/jails, politics

The War on Drugs Is a Failure – The Gregory Brothers’ video

April 20, 2013 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
justice/jails, politics

Our Longest War – The War on Drugs – more data on its futility

drug-spending-v-addiction from Atlantic Monthly
April 15, 2013 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
inequality, politics

Economic Inequality – Does It Matter?

May 9, 2012 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system

Big Money, Big Politics…the best government bought, not by you…..

May 4, 2012 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics

Long Division in American Politics – the money trail

January 26, 2012 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics

Charts from Mother Jones Illustrate That the Rich Have Won the Class War

November 19, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

A Strange Sense of “Expertise” in the Cain Case in Milwaukee

November 17, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Idiocy in America

September 8, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, politics

Job Creation – A Pliable (Fraudulent) Rhetoric in the Current Debate over Debt and Debt Ceilings

July 12, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, politics

Where, Oh, Where Did Our National Debt Come From?

July 8, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
political system, politics, security state

Naomi Wolf’s The End of America – the movie

May 27, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, politics

Let’s Talk About The Defense Budget – a letter to the editor

April 2, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, political system, politics

Corporations as Persons – Freedom of Speech, now Right to Privacy – Bring on Three Strikes!

January 20, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
empire, politics

Bush, Anger and Dispair Over Our Situation

January 17, 2011 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
education, politics, video-movies-podcasts

Education – Miseducation – Human Creativity – TED Talk by Ken Robinson

November 5, 2010 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics

The Mortgage Debacle – Redux

October 10, 2010 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics

Krugman Asleep at the Wheel of History ….. the elite has not been interested for forty years…

August 2, 2010 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics

Do We Need Wall St. and all the other gamblers in the financial services world?

April 20, 2010 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Tea Party Nation – banned me for asking a few questions

March 8, 2010 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics

Controlling Gambling by Wall St. and the Big Banks – Bad for Business?

January 22, 2010 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
empire, healthcare, politics

Remarks on President Obama’s Speech on Accepting The Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo 12/10/2009

December 21, 2009 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
healthcare, politics

More Blather about Healthcare from “Experts”

June 16, 2009 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
empire, politics, security state

A New Thought on Terrorism

December 6, 2008 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Mumbai, Boston and Terrorism

December 3, 2008 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Obama

November 5, 2008 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Bush – the worst modern President

Bush Mission Accomplished on aircraft carrier
November 1, 2008 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
empire, politics

Pondering at the Food Coop

November 1, 2008 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
books, politics

North Korea – a visit to the “Axis of Evil”

June 21, 2007 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
economy, free-market ideology, politics

Enron, Trust and Malfeasance

January 29, 2002 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>
politics

Whose Opinion (Advice) Is This?

January 1, 2002 A central component of the American identity is the notion that our political system is a responsive representative and democratic government that serves the people of the country. It is at the heart of our --->> read more -->>