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Serving The Common Interest

To the extent we believe democracy should fit Lincoln's ideal of "Government of the people, by the people, and for the people", we must not ignore the 'by the people' clause. What has evolved in the United States is not government "by the people", it is a pseudo-democracy governed by the parasitical vested interests that control our nation's political parties.

Interview with Democracy Chronicles

The following interview was originally posted at Democracy Chronicles: Writer Discusses Election Reform and New Website.

A Reform to End Political Deadlock?[Image]: A Reform to End Political Deadlock?

 

by Adrian Tawfik

E-Mail Votes Seen Raising Election Security Risk: BGOV Barometer

From:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-05/e-mail-votes-seen-raising-elect...

The Nov. 6 presidential election is the first in which almost half the states will permit Americans in the military or overseas to cast ballots via e-mail or online, raising concerns that voting may be vulnerable to hacking or cyber attacks.

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...and how do you make ammends when someone is wrongfully executed?

The problem with the death penalty is that there are a predictable steady number of wrongful convictions. There's no remedy for a mistaken or fraudulently-wrongful execution.

That's sufficient reason to not have a death-penalty.

Right to live--and rights regarding what s/he'll be subjected to?

Sure, an unborn fetus has a right to live, but if it's known that his/her life would be an unreasonably cruel ordeal, then might not the fetus have a right to not go through that?

Besides, when speaking of rights, the question of awareness and possession of deceloped senses and pereption enters the question.

That's why, though answering in the affirmative about right to life, I also answered "Yes" regarding the accepabilty of properly regulated abortions.
No late-term abortions, for one thing.

Everyone has the right to make their own life choices

The title of this post says it all, regarding the Euthanasia issue.

Discuss them simultaneously

All of the policy areas listed on the ballot are important. They should all be discussed, and they can be polled simultaneously at minguo.

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Civilian casualties in drone attacks

Based on figures from a British legal lobbyng group called "Reprieve", roughly 1 in 4, or 1 in 5, person killed by the drone attacks is a noncombatant civilian.

Some in Afghanistan say that _most_ of the people killed by drone attacks are noncombatant civilians. The below-quoted magazine article (I'd name the magazine and the author if I remembered them) quotes an Afghan who said that the drones are routinely killing a _lot_ more noncombatant civilians than resistance-fighters.

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