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Democracy Report 2024

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Summary

This document provides some news about the health of democracy in the United States, including some suggestions for improvement.

News

Andrew Yang (7 May 2024)

“Why US Politics Is Broken — and How To Fix It” — The electoral system in the United States needs a redesign, says political reformer Andrew Yang. Exposing the flaws of a system built on poor incentives, he proposes a cost-effective overhaul inspired by primary elections already working in places like Alaska and advocates for ranked-choice voting, where voters can choose candidates in order of preference regardless of party, stemming the influence of extreme ideologies. [Source]

Jordan Klepper (2 Apr 2024)

“A Comedian’s Take on How to Save Democracy” — Conversation is a battlefield with only one winner. Or is it? Comedian and author Jordan Klepper believes we can get better at talking to each other (and perhaps save democracy) by learning how to lose. [Source]

Vox (6 Mar 2024)

“Why US elections only give you two choices” — America’s two-party system is widely hated. Very few Americans think the two major parties do an adequate job representing us, and most say more parties are needed. But when it comes time to vote, very few of us actually vote for third-party candidates. [Source]

Divya Siddarth (5 Mar 2024)

“How AI and Democracy Can Fix Each Other” — We don’t have to sacrifice our freedom for the sake of technological progress, says social technologist Divya Siddarth. She shares how a group of people helped retrain one of the world’s most powerful AI models on a constitution they wrote — and offers a vision of technology that aligns with the principles of democracy, rather than conflicting with them. Recorded in November 2023 and posted to YouTube on 5 Mar 2024. [Source]

Deutsche Welle (3 Feb 2024)

“The biggest electoral year in history: Will democracy survive 2024?” — 2024 is the biggest electoral year in history, with people heading to the polls in dozens of countries. This is DW’s preview to the most consequential elections of 2024 across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas – and what they mean for the health and future of democracy. Correspondent Rosie Birchard speaks to DW experts on Taiwan, India, South Africa, Mexico, the EU and the US. [Source]

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com