American Politics and Political Reform
I've collected some thoughts about 21st-century politics in an essay entitled "What's Wrong with the Left, and What We Can Do About It" (March 30, 2004).
I became interested in political reform as a research
associate for Common Cause in the early nineties. My full agenda involves
tax simplification, a radical new approach to regulation, tough ethics
rules, and campaign finance reform. These ideas are described in my book,
The New Progressive Era: Toward a Fair and Deliberative
Democracy, which is available from Amazon
for $19.95. Dave Denison wrote a thoughtful and generous review in The
American Prospect (click
here). Another thoughtful review,
by Howard L. Reiter, is also available online. In "Getting
Practical About Deliberative Democracy," I've summarized one
of the principal arguments of the book. And I've published two excerpts
that are available online as separate articles: one on campaign
finance reform, and one on journalism.