Tim Stevenson

Democracy’s existential crisis

Democracy’s existential crisis

The Republicans’ priority is absolute power and minority rule, and they are dedicated to achieving these aims by any means necessary. They have become the enemy of democracy. What are we to do?

The political reality of our times is that the Republican Party has gone rogue.

It is no longer an honorable opponent of the Democratic Party, one that respects the Constitution and plays by the ethical norms of a democratic society. Instead, it has become an incipient fascist outlier.

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Don’t let hate groups bring out more hate

What concerns me about hate groups is how their hate seems to infect, or bring out the hate in, those who oppose them. That's depressing, because then hate wins. There's got to be a third way beyond the hatred of the bad guys and the hatred of the good...

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Stop the war on democracy!

The For the People Act can arrest the potentially fatal threat to majority rule and the right to vote — the basis of a functioning democracy. For that to happen, the filibuster has got to go.

Proving once again that the pen is mightier than the sword, Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, signed into law on March 9 the first of what could be a nationwide avalanche of voter suppression laws that surpasses anything like this since the Jim Crow era. With 253 similar bills...

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Taylor: a candidate with rare honesty

I am pleased that Danny Taylor is running for the Athens Selectboard and road commissioner, and recommend that my neighbors and fellow Athenians join me in voting for him at Town Meeting. What particularly recommends Danny's candidacy to me is his honesty and personal integrity. On the basis of my own experience, I have found him to be a person I can trust. Danny doesn't lie when he talks with me. He is honest. I can take him at his...

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Respond to election fixing with a general strike

A general strike is the only appropriate response to any attempt by the Trump/Putin forces to fix the election or otherwise foment a coup. Shut the country down. This begins with the students, especially those attending colleges and high schools. (Can you imagine Brattleboro Union High School Principal Steve Perrin handing out detentions to patriots trying to save what's left of our democracy?) As they are doing with the climate and Black Lives Matter crises, young people need to continue...

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What if the unthinkable becomes all too real?

I am assuming that for all of us, there is no question what we'll be doing on Nov. 3. If we haven't done so already through mail-in ballots, we will be participating in what is unquestionably the most important act that we as citizens of this country have ever done. We will be electing the next president of the United States, and in so doing, deciding the fate of our threatened democracy. But what happens after Election Day? What will...

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Athletes point to the boycott that we all should consider

The righteous behavior of many professional athletes (NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer) in boycotting their games on Aug. 26 in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin (as well as the epidemic of police killings of people of color in general) was in such stark contrast to the unreal events at the Republican National Convention the same night that further comment is unnecessary. Suffice it to note that these same athletes are...

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Crisis as opportunity: the choice of no-choice

Ironically, what is potentially most promising about our situation today is that the same circumstances that confront us with social collapse also conspire to present us with an opportunity to finally create and live the values-informed existence we have been searching for all along, and that we now require more than ever, as a condition of our very survival. As the Chinese ideograms for the word suggest, crisis is a time not only of great danger, but of singular opportunity,

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