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Peace through diplomacy in Syria is possible

When our congresswoman, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5), visited Sharon Saturday, Sept. 7, she addressed a luncheon on the chemical weapons crisis in Syria. It was clear that Esty had not made up her mind on how to vote on the question of military intervention, but she would think it through with great care, and she sought the advice and opinion of her constituents.

Global governance begins at home

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Better governance begins at home

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In the course of some 30 years of experience with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations system, I have often wondered what reforms should be adopted to achieve still better global governance and democratic cooperation among peoples and nations for the benefit of all.

Better global governance begins at home

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In the course of some 30 years of experience with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations system, I have often wondered what reforms should be adopted to achieve still better global governance and democratic cooperation among peoples and nations for the benefit of all.

Saving democracy amid leaks, drones

In some national jurisdictions, Switzerland for example, the law makes a distinction between (1) a leaker who leaks legitimate banking and business information, and (2) a leaker who blows the whistle on fraud and other criminal activity. The first category serves time; the second category enjoys well-earned praise.

Saving democracy in the face of leaks, drones, eavesdropping

In some national jurisdictions, Switzerland for example, the law makes a distinction between (1) a leaker who leaks legitimate banking and business information, and (2) a leaker who blows the whistle on fraud and other criminal activity. The first category serves time; the second category enjoys well-earned praise.

Social democracy and the 60/40 divide

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The backlash to the “New Golden Age” followed by a brush with the “Great Recession” led to the election and re-election of President Barack Obama and passage of the “Affordable Care Act” — emblematic of the 60 percent philosophical and political thinking of the framers of the U.S. Constitution and the creators of the New Deal for social democracy in America.

Social democracy and the historical 60/40 divide

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A central purpose of constitutional democratic government is, as the U.S. Constitution proclaims, “to promote the general welfare” of the American people. Some 40 percent of Americans don’t believe this and probably never did. The 60 percent believers have trouble keeping their game together, especially when economic times are good. But they are the true “originalists” in constitutional interpretation and practice.

Social democracy and the historical 60/40 divide

Part 2 of 2

The backlash to the “New Golden Age” followed by a brush with the “Great Recession” led to the election and re-election of President Barack Obama and passage of the “Affordable Care Act” — emblematic of the 60 percent philosophical and political thinking of the framers of the U.S. Constitution and the creators of the New Deal for social democracy in America.

Social democracy and the historical 60/40 divide

Part 1 of 2

A central purpose of constitutional democratic government is, as the U.S. Constitution proclaims, “to promote the general welfare” of the American people. Some 40 percent of Americans don’t believe this and probably never did. The 60 percent believers have trouble keeping their game together, especially when economic times are good. But they are the true “originalists” in constitutional interpretation and practice.