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10 Steps to Repair American Democracy Paperback – May 1, 2006
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"Anyone concerned about the state of our democratic system should read this book." -- Trevor Potter, former chairman, Federal Elections Commission
"Practical and insightful...an inspiring blueprint for reclaiming America. Read it, roll up your sleeves, and get to work." -- Arianna Huffington, author,
"We are fortunate to have Steven Hill's latest book to help us find our political compass." -- Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
"We know American democracy is being run over a cliff. What's a citizen to do? Here, finally, is the plan." -- Jim Hightower, author,
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1. Secure the Vote
2. Expand Voter Participation
3. Increase Voter Choice with Instant Runoff Voting
4. Scrap Winner-Take-All Elections
5. Direct Election of the President
6. Overhaul the U.S. Senate
7. Reclaim the Airwaves
8. Minimize Money's Role
9. Reform the Supreme Court
10. Restore Faith in Government
Obviously, each of these slogans really involves multiple steps. For example, "Secure the Vote" includes securing voter-verified recountable paper trails; impartial and professional election officials; and open-source software for electronic voting machines. "Expand Voter Participation" includes universal voter registration; making election day a holiday; and enfranchising prisoners and ex-cons. And so on down the list.
Hill puts the most emphasis on scrapping winner-take-all elections in favor of moderate proportional representation, of the type formerly used in the Illinois state legislature. In moderate proportional representation, three to five legislators are elected from geographical districts three to five times the size of those that currently exist.Read more ›
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Its an interesting book so far what i have read, Totally recommended. It came right as it was describe. And Fast shippingPublished on February 20, 2014 by Nancy Esquivel
Hill lays out the current problems very well, and then goes on to describe some solutions that are so simple and tried-and-true that their adoption should be common sense.Published on November 20, 2012 by Drew
Hill's make over for 2012 is likely to have the same results his original 2006 edition had - zilch. For all the fan fair and sales his connections among the "professional... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by William J. Kelleher, Ph.D.
takes forever to arrive but the book was as described, brand new and got a good price. overall ok purchase and trasaction, but there are better choicesPublished on March 11, 2012 by rosaura1030
I am another 5-star enthusiast for this book and have little to add to the foregoing reviews. Proportional representation and instant-runoff voting would make a huge difference in... Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by Counterpoint
First the upsides. A thoughtfully written book that challenges some long held beliefs, such as "The Founding Fathers were perfect and there is no need to change anything about the... Read morePublished on August 22, 2007 by redhawk