Stories by Steven Hill

Steven Hill ( is a political writer, cofounder of FairVote and former director of the political reform program at the New America Foundation. Besides Alternet, his articles have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, The Nation, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Ms., Sierra, American Prospect, Truthdig and many others, and he has quoted and interviewed by media around the world, including the BBC, Democracy Now, C-Span, Fox News, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Sirius and many others. subscribe to Steven Hill's feed

Posted on: Mar 11, 2014, Source: The Nation

Why does the U.S. still have such low numbers compared with the rest of the world?

Posted on: Dec 27, 2012, Source: The Atlantic

Fiscal cliff chatter about slashing the venerable program ignores its fundamental potential and underlying strength.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2012, Source: The Atlantic

Hint: It's not the NRA or a gun-loving culture.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

It’s time for American patriots to roll up our sleeves and get to work to reform our political institutions.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Israel is missing historic opportunity to lead a regional economic renaissance.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2010, Source: New America Media

During the “lost decade," Japan had universal healthcare, less inequality, the highest life expectancy, and low rates of infant mortality, crime, and incarceration.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Even conservatives in Europe are scratching their heads over their transatlantic allies who appear to hate the idea of cheaper, universal health care.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2010, Source: Truthdig

How is a country with a lower per capita income than Mexico hailed by so many as the next global superpower?

Posted on: Sep 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Let's vastly expand the Social Security payout, and making it a true national retirement system.

Posted on: May 27, 2010, Source: The Nation

Sweden, Germany and other European countries are proof that you can have it all -- but only if you have the right institutions.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2007, Source: The Washington Post

Western Europe has achieved a balance between capitalism's dynamism and socialism's humanity -- no wonder the Corporate State has to lie about its success.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2005, Source: Pacific News Service

Vicious battles over Supreme Court nominees could be avoided with term limits and mandatory retirement ages. Why should senators representing a minority of U.S. voters confirm a justice for life?

Posted on: Dec 21, 2004, Source: AlterNet

When you have <i>Tom Brokaw</I> calling for election reform, it means that something is really wrong.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Forget about "money buying elections." Congressional redistricting in California allowed the politicians to handpick their voters before voters picked them.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2004, Source: The Nation

Democrats have an alternative to attacking Ralph Nader &#8211; advocate instant runoff voting systems.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2004, Source:

The Electoral College system isn't only cumbersome and outdated &#8211; it's anti-democratic.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Advocates of fair elections should work to ensure that we don't have another 'Florida' for the 2004 presidential election -- in Florida or any of the other 15 battleground states.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The rosy view that there is an 'emerging Democratic majority' in the US, must factor in how our 18th century winner-take-all electoral system often maintains minority control despite fewer votes.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2003, Source: AlterNet

When the presidency can be won by 527 votes in a nation of 300 million, something needs to be changed. Around the country, people are working to fix a wounded electoral system.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet

American media routinely fails to distinguish the unique political characteristics of the European landscape.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Perhaps young people don't vote because they have a better sense than adults that our political system truly is broken.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2002, Source: AlterNet

On March 5, cities in California and Vermont adopted "instant runoff voting" systems that could crack open American politics to new voices and better choices.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The year 2002 may go down in political history for the crass way Democrats and Republicans alike use "redistricting" rules to protect their power and disenfranchise voters.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Once the census data is provided to states this month, states will begin to redraw legislative districts to ensure they are equal in population. Lawyers love redistricting -- unscrupulous legislators generate tons of litigation -- but the practice rips voters off.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2000, Source: AlterNet

This may be the first presidential election that will result in victory by voting machine malfunction.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The historical moment has come to scrap the Electoral College and institute a national direct election.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Congressional leaders recently set a whole new standard for raising campaign funds -- now they are shaking down their fellow House members.

Posted on: May 29, 2000, Source: AlterNet

November promises to be a potentially historic shootout for both supporters and opponents of gun control.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

It has been eight years since the "Year of the Woman" nearly doubled the number of women in Congress. But the United States still ranks 43rd in the world in its percentage of women elected to its national legislature -- a lower ranking than such nations as Mexico, South Africa or Seychelles.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: deleted

Now that a federal appeals court has blocked the part of the Telecommunications Act concerned with indecent material on the Internet, First Amendment advocates can all breathe a sigh of relief. Or can we? The parts of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that remain are far more damaging to the First Amendment than the sub-section known as the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Taken as a whole, the Telecommunications Act is a kind of "free trade" agreement for the corporate media. So, before we celebrate too wildly the federal appeals court's acceptance of an anti-censorship argument to strike down the CDA, we better ask ourselves: have we won the battle only to inadvertently contribute to losing the war?

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: deleted

LaborNet coordinator and labor journalist Steven Hill writes; "The Olympic flame less than a month away from arriving in Los Angeles to commence its cross-country torch relay to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games. But already the United States is busy wracking up gold medals against our international competitors. Recently, a global survey was released that says that world business leaders give the gold medal to the U.S. economy as the most competitive in the world among industrialized nations. What business leaders mean when they say most competitive is this: low wages, few worker benefits, and deregulation."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: deleted

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) recently announced her introduction of House Bill 2545 which would lift the 1967 federal law that mandates one seat per Congressional district, allowing states the option of electing their Congressional delegations by multi-seat proportional representation. Most third party efforts in the U.S. have already endorsed the idea. So has progressives Jesse Jackson and Lani Guinier, conservatives Kevin Phillips and Michael Lind, and the editors of USA Today. Justice Clarence Thomas has written favorably in his legal opinions of proportional systems as a race-neutral method of giving representation to racial minorities. Indeed, there is a startling convergence of thought on the subject taking place from both the left and the right, slowly gathering momentum since race conscious districts first came under attack in 1993.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Where did all the dissent over the WTO come from? It certainly didn't come from our elected officials, since our Winner Take All political system doesn't allow representatives to express carefully nuanced positions or vocal opposition to controversial issues like free trade.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a little-known international body that oversees crucial Internet functions. Depending on whose description you read, ICANN is either an innocuous non-profit with a narrow technical mandate, or the first step in corralling the Internet for commercial and other purposes. And despite the centrality of it's role in the online world, there has been almost no media coverage of ICANN.