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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Is a Popular Branch of Government Really on the Horizon?

You might have thought so if you listened to John Edwards's speech on Saturday.  Here is some coverage of Edwards's call for a Citizen CongressArchon Fung published an op-ed in the Boston Globe on the subject today.

Needless to say, I'm very enthusiastic about the proposal -- which resembles, in part, the popular branch of government I've been arguing for since 2002.

Posted by Ethan Leib on October 16, 2007 at 01:04 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink

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I greatly prefer the Australian model:

http://senatoronline.com.au/

Eliminates the creepy, restroom-cruising middleman...

Posted by: C. Zorn | Oct 18, 2007 3:22:43 PM

Could one see the press / bloggers as a stand-in for the popular branch? I would argue that the online community is already working towards what Edward's citizen congresses are meant to accomplish. technically they have no power, but as far as a forum to discuss and debate, they appear to be working fine.

Also, would a return to a smaller federal government bring back more power to individuals? It would seem as though local and even state governments are more capable of empowering voters than a bloated federal government that does not have the ability to react to voter's wishes.

Posted by: kb | Oct 16, 2007 1:49:10 PM

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