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Internet Voting Now!: Here’s How. Here’s Why – So You Can Kiss Citizens United Goodbye! Paperback – June 8, 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Kelleher earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1984. He earned his BA and MA from San Francisco State. His first book, The New Election Game, was published in 1987. Inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller’s idea of voting by telephone, Dr. Kelleher showed how US elections could be organized around telephone voting. Of course, this was before the “PC Revolution.” After the rise of the Internet, the emergence of Internet voting seems inevitable, and the organization suggested in The New Election Game has been adapted to facilitate that emergence. Dr. Kelleher’s second book, Progressive Logic, shows how the political reforms advocated by Progressives throughout American history are expressions of “the natural order of values.” This order of values is a part of human evolution, because the human brain evolved in community. While humans naturally see human life as precious, social conditioning can override this natural tendency. However, if the natural order of values is articulated as a set of principles, which this work does, self-destructive social conditioning can be reversed through education. Internet Voting Now! Shows how our election system can be designed to serve the people who must live with it, rather than exploit and manipulate those people, as the two-party system now does. Having systems that serve people is consistent with Progressive Logic. Dr. Kelleher has taught political science, American Politics, and citizenship in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years.
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There are two main problems with this book: The writing and the publishing.
The Publishing Problems
The book has 364 pages, is perfect-bound, is only 5" wide, and uses a heavy-weight paper (I'm guessing 90#). So it turns into a "clamshell" when you read it, especially in the middle. If you let go of either side while reading, it snaps shut like a clam. Classic mistake. That makes it really hard to hold it and highlight things.
It's also a Sea of Text: Nothing but text. Not one single photo, drawing, illustration, graph, chart, or table. That makes it very hard to read. "Easy to read" is the motto of professional writers and publishers. They failed big on that count. Your eyes go bleary after a while.
Then it uses full justification on a page that is only 5" wide, with what looks like a 12 pt Times Roman font. So that combination leaves large unsightly gaps of white space between sentences as the publishing program tries to justify everything left and right. It has to add space to make up for what it can't align. It should have used either a wider page, smaller type, or left justification (my preference). Another classic rookie mistake.
Then it was clearly not reviewed by a good writer or editor: It is chock full of every rookie-writing mistake possible.
Then the page numbering is totally unprofessional. The first page (R) is what's called the Half-Title page (it replicates the front cover, but on the inside). The next page (L) is the copyright page (page ii). The next page (R) has just a quote and has no page number at all. The next (L) page is "Contents." That should read "Content," and has no page number. The next page (R) is blank with no page number. The next page (L) is titled Acknowledgments and is page 6. The next page starts the Introduction and is page 7.
So it goes from ii to 6 with several blank pages between. If you trace page 6 back to see where page 1 should be, it's the very first page: The Half Title page. Whoever handled the "publishing" part knew not what they were doing at all.
The index has only one level: Pretty useless.
The ENDNOTES (yes, all caps, no space) is pretty useless too because it is mostly a long list of Web URLs. This isn't very applicable to printed books. It would be better to make that a downloadable link of the references. But who refers to all those "end notes"?
The content is very difficult to read. Some parts get deep into the constitution and political thing, with the history of the Framers and so on. Then it gets into explaining about the Electoral College and other stuff I couldn't bare to read, and then talks about how the Internet can change things if we can introduce another amendment that abolishes the Electoral College and replace it with Internet voting. I'm all for that, although I doubt there's much chance of that ever happening.
Not recommended for casual reading. But it does have great background of our constitution and how government works that might be interesting to political students and maybe even our elected officials.
Based on the possibilities of internet voting, the author outlines a presidential election model that would remove the influence of money while strengthening ordinary voters' involvement in the selection process. Using the internet, the author's model is quite feasible in making President Lincoln's dictum of a "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" a reality.
The impediments are not technical or structural but are posed by the political parties and the politicians benefiting from the current money-driven election system. The question is how to change an anachronistic system when the power to change the system rests with the beneficiaries of this system. Change will only come when sufficient public pressure is directed at the political parties, the national and state legislatures.
The book represents an effective tool to raise public awareness and educate voters of the possibilities to challenge the current money-driven political process and institute a system in which each citizen will have a prominent voice and a real investment in our democracy.