In many parts of the world, people have no voice or control over their future. Even in America, citizens have deep, serious questions about whether our voices actually have any impact on the national agenda, or any ability to change the direction we are heading. A classic protest refrain is “Show me what democracy looks like” “This is what democracy looks like!”
Mock elections in Bhutan or Druk Yul ? the Land of the Thunder Dragon – which has been ruled by an absolute monarchy for more than 100 years. From Land Where Democracy Would be King, Telegraph UK.
Musharraf Muzzles Media as Democracy Calls Grow, from the Sydney Morning Herald.
MasterDemocracy Copyright 2003-2006 by Alexeig Mathematician.
“This is a reflection in Moskva river of the building which became famous due to confrontation between President Yeltsin and Parliament in October 1993. The confrontation ended with assault of the troops loyal to Yeltsin on this building where the Parliament was sitting. This resulted in casualties exact amount of which is still under debate.”
Getty Images from The Greatest Innovation of All Time in Business Week.
“9. Participative Democracy – Winston Churchill noted that democracy is the worst form of government?except for all the others. The morons running our country, state, or city may be thieves and scoundrels, but once this becomes clear we get to throw the bums out. So this Jeffersonian idea helps with riot control.”
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“Due to popular demand, finally a cartogram on county level data. The counties are scaled by population (2000). The shading is the percentage of the popular vote for President Bush. The overall pattern (e.g., shape distortion of the U.S.) is similar as in the state-level cartogram. However, data at a finer spatial scale allows to see a more nuanced picture of the election results. Populous counties containing large cities (e.g., New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc.) are typically blue, even though they may lie deep in red state land (e.g.., St. Louis, Denver, Minneapolis, Miami, Palm Beach, etc.)”
This Is What Democracy Looks Like a documentary film about the WTO protests in Seattle with narration by Susan Sarandon and Michael Franti. Music by Rage Against the Machine, Anne Feeney, Company of Prophets and others.
Bloggers Nepal.com Freedom to Express
From Weazl’s Revenge, Not gonna stop ’til democracy returns.
CodePink Women for Peace. Encourages all actions from public education to free speech.
Rich Media Poor Democracy by Robert McChesney, Mindfully.org