The election of 2000 shocked the nation into realizing we have a serious problem with running elections. But beyond the Florida election flaws are other questions…
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Vandana Shiva is a physicist and an organic farmer, an instigator of India’s historic “tree-huggers” movement, and a renowned author. She speaks internationally on the perils of globalization, while mobilizing fellow citizens to reclaim their rights to life itself.
The conference center is nestled in the woods of rural Connecticut. This weekend the guests are mostly in their 20s. They are typical of their age in many ways—except for the hundreds of millions of dollars collectively held in their names.
One day in the early 1990s a friend of mine—a long-term servant of the United Nations—bluntly remarked, “It is better, Hilkka, that you keep quiet about the Nordic welfare society. It is such a luxury of the rich, the poor countries cannot even dream about it.”
Democracy isn’t just about voting once every few years. It’s about deepening our collective understanding and finding better solutions by drawing on everyone’s wisdom.
How can we re-learn respect, understand the gifts of creation, and break the cycle of violence? In prisons, a Native American democratic tradition brings healing and new possibilities.
How would you like to distribute 200 million dollars to your fellow citizens? That’s the amount of money the city of Porto Alegre spends in an average year for construction and services—money not committed to fixed expenses like debt service and pensions.
Spurred by reports of an aggressive military buildup and failure to rein in corporate terrorists, Belgium is pressing for a preemptive strike against the regime of George W. Bush.
Citizens keep hope alive in dark times
What if the American people chose a different path? What if we chose not to assume the mantle of empire?
What if we could find a new kind of power, one that changes the rules, gives us new stories, and allows everyone to win?