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Posted on: Nov 27, 2011, Source: techPresident

The OWS movement is personal democracy in action, where everyone plays a role in shaping the decisions that affect our lives.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2010, Source: techPresident

Check out a new interactive platform for voter-candidate engagement for the 2010 elections.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2010, Source: techPresident

How the catastrophe in the Gulf is a quintessentially 21st century spectacle.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2005, Source: Personal Democracy Forum

MoveOn's popular Flickr photo-sharing account shows how political causes can engage people who are already socializing online.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2005, Source: The Nation

Thanks to web-savvy agitators, insiderism and elitism are under heavy attack. The era of top-down politics is over.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2004, Source:

Maine and Arizona voters reaped the benefits of their public funded clean election systems on Nov. 2.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2004, Source: Personal Democracy Forum

Regardless of who won the election, it can't be denied that technology is energizing participation in electoral politics, and enabling the campaigns that use it.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Forget the speeches at the Fleet Center. The real fun for the politicians has been at the corporate-sponsored parties held in their honor.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Market Democracy: It's payback time for the wealthy and corporate interests who have reaped huge royalties for their support of the president.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2002, Source:

While public interest in third parties remains high, the mainstream press continues to dismiss alternative candidates, be it Jesse Ventura or Ralph Nader.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2000, Source:

Ralph Nader's meager returns in the election have spawned hard questions. Did his campaign drift too far left? Was Winnona LaDuke the right running mate? Did the Green party help or hurt him? Third party expert Micah Sifry finds out.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2000, Source:

After the smoke clears, will the chaotic Little Campaign that Could still be standing? What is the future of this "new, progressive political movement" Nader says he's building?

Posted on: Oct 30, 2000, Source:

How can we explain Nader's surge, when Third Party candidates, especially those who lack money and media attention, traditionally fade in the last weeks before an election?

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The Supreme Court made a critical decision on Monday that shocked Republican ideologues and warmed the hearts of activists everywhere working for campaign finance reform. The decision affirmed what nearly every American believes: that big money plays a pernicious role in our politics and that we have a compelling interest to reduce corruption.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: deleted

Whether it's to reconcile the conflicts between expectations and reality, or to justify the unjustifiable, all politicians lie; it's the nature of their work. The public knows this, indeed, many citizens take pleasure in spotting their leaders as they lie. In most cases, their body language gives them away. Richard Nixon would blink quickly. Jimmy Carter smiled.(In his own mind, Ronald Reagan never lied--hence no cues.) Clinton bites his lower lip. The problem with political body language is it can't be read in print. You have to be watching to catch them fibbing. That's why Newt Gingrich's verbal tic is so handy. Every time he says "frankly" you know some kind of lie is coming.