Bernd Reiter

Is voting the problem with democracy?

Around the globe, citizens of many democracies are worried that their governments are not doing what the people want. When voters pick representatives to engage in democracy, they hope they are picking people who will understand and respond to constituents’ needs. U.S. representatives have, on average, more than 700,000 constituents each, making this task more and more elusive, even with the best of intentions. Less than 40 percent of Americans are satisfied with their federal government.Across Europe, South America, the Middle East and China, social movements have demanded better government — but gotten few real and lasting results, even in those places where governments were forced out.

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If Germany atoned for the Holocaust, the US can pay reparations for slavery

The idea of paying reparations for slavery is gaining momentum in the United States, despite being long derided as an unrealistic plan, to compensate for state violence committed by and against people long dead.

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