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In his latest call to arms, Philip Kotler passionately argues that democracy is under grave threat. Too much money has entered politics, and its donors, often billionaires and corporations, now hold too much influence in favor of the 1%. Meanwhile, the voting system is flawed, too few citizens are politically informed, and many don’t vote. At the same time, major political parties are unable to agree on policies, Presidents are disempowered, and the real changes needed don’t occur. Kotler confronts this gloomy outlook positively with some potential solutions, as well as an invitation for you to get involved in the democratic issues that impact your life. Please visit www.democracyindecline.com for more around the issues raised by the book.

Reforming Political Parties—Are the Parties Too Rigid?
Reforming Political Parties—Are the Parties Too Rigid?

‘The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers.’

Kurt Vonnegut

It is well known that the framers of the Constitution did not like political parties. There is nothing said about parties in the Constitution. Yet most countries today have two or more political parties. China and Russia are exceptions.

As individuals, citizens have very little ability to influence public policy. But they will recognize other citizens in the population who espouse similar views to theirs. They are likely to join them in initially representing an interest group. It might be an interest group that wants to reduce pollution and environmental harm. This group might seek some political ...

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