John G. Matsusaka, in his new Princeton University Press book Let the People Rule: How Direct Democracy Can Meet the Populist Challenge
, calls for the introduction of referenda at the national level in the United States. For instance he favors advisory referendums called by Congress, advisory referendums called by petition, advisory referendums required for specific issues, binding referendums for required issues, or called by petition, and constitutional amendments, proposed by petition (but not settled by a referendum itself). The United States in fact have never had a national referendum.
But do referenda defuse populist sentiment, or stoke it? Why is it that populism might be bad but referenda good? Don’t referenda give in_to populism in some manner? Whether or not you favored Brexit as an outcome, was the process so smooth and wonderful? How much better could it have been? (the author does discuss this). Won’t money matter in politics _more
, and in the bad sense? Exactly which policy area would see superior concrete results through the use of national referenda? Won’t it mean we get madder at each other?
Switzerland aside, I am not convinced by the call for more referenda, but I am happy to see such fundamental questions raised anew.
The author lives in California.
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We may be anonymous strangers on the internet, but we have one thing in common. We may be a world apart, but we're here together! Welcome to the 24 hour pledge!
I'm pledging myself to not drinking today, and invite you to do the same.
Maybe you're new to stopdrinking
and have a hard time deciding what to do next. Maybe you're like me and feel you need a daily commitment or maybe you've been sober for a long time and want to inspire others.
It doesn't matter if you're still hung over from a three day bender or been sober for years, if you just woke up or have already completed a sober day. For the next 24 hours, lets not drink alcohol!
--- This pledge is a statement of intent
. Today we don't set out trying
not to drink, we make a conscious decision not to drink
. It sounds simple, but all of us know it can be hard and sometimes impossible. The group can support and inspire us, yet only one person can decide if we drink today. Give that person the right mindset!
What happens if we can't keep to our pledge? We give up or try again. And since we're here in stopdrinking
, we're not ready to give up. What this is:
A simple thread where we commit to not drinking alcohol for the next 24 hours, posting to show others that they're not alone and making a pledge to ourselves. Anybody can join and participate at any time, you do not have to be a regular at stopdrinking
or have followed the pledges from the beginning. What this isn't
: A good place for a detailed introduction of yourself, directly seek advice or share lengthy stories. You'll get a more personal response in your own thread.
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Hello! If you're checking in for the first time or missed yesterdays check-in, my name is Nikki and I'll be hosting the DCI from October 25th to October 31st. I want to thank you all for making my first check-in post amazing. It felt great to get to know some of you and I'm excited to learn more throughout the week. For today, I want to talk about the maze of recovery.
When I entered rehab and started going through the daily routine, one thing that kept sticking out was the reference to a Higher PoweGod and my body pretty much went on alert. I'm Agnostic, but I lean Atheist. I've been comfortable with this for 15 years. I earnestly tried giving A.A. a shot, to be honest, it was the only thing I knew of regarding recovery and even then, those ideas were formed from TV shows and Movies. Soon, I just knew it wasn't for me. We had a "motivational" speaker who pretty such said if you don't have a higher power you're doomed and the "We Agnostics" chapter in The Big Book was oozing with judgement. Not to mention, even though I had plenty of staff talk to me and tell me Higher Power =/= God, it’s hard to believe that when God is referenced in The Big Book about 400 times.
I didn't know where to go from there and I felt like I had
to do something because I was told over and over that I couldn't just believe in myself because I wouldn't be here (rehab) if I just believed I could do it. They weren't wrong, but at the same time, it just didn't sit right with me. I had to figure this out or I was going to be at a standstill for the rest of my time in rehab.
There was one video that ended up impacting me heavily. It was a TEDx Talk by Michael Brody-Waite
and in this, he mentioned three key principles he lives his life by:
- Practice rigorous authenticity
- Surrender the outcome
- Do the uncomfortable work
I don't know why it stuck with me, but everyday I thought about it. In the 30 years I have been alive, I had done none of this. I saw myself through others eyes, I tried to control as much as I could due to fear, and I shied away from sticking up for myself and taking accountability when I needed to. Crazy idea...what if I just...I don't know...started doing those things? As my clean time stacked up and I was taking my medications regularly, I found my confidence and self-esteem growing as well. My mental health was becoming balanced and the ability to live by these principles were starting to become easy. With that, I began to (respectfully) challenge everyone who continuously said I needed to find strength in something other than myself. While I couldn't stop myself before I hit rock bottom, my life was significantly different now. I spent 45 days in rehab and during that time, I was rigorously authentic with myself in that I left no stone unturned. I surrendered the outcome when I set my boundaries and began to enforce them. I did the uncomfortable work by bringing ALL
of my destructive behavior to light and actively working on it. I also did find a Twelve Step "Program"
that I resonated with. With all these tools, I finally felt comfortable I had found the right path.
So, what's my point? For those who struggle in trying to find what works for them, realize that there is no blueprint for recovery and what works for some, may not work for you. Most importantly, do not compare your progress to others.
I kept asking myself why couldn't I just "get it" but then I began to view recovery as a sentient and ever changing maze. Even if someone gives you a map that leads you straight to the exit, there could be other paths that gets you to the same place. My map I was given had the A.A. path and while this map helped many others, this path had a wall that I couldn't get through. I had to accept that this well traveled path was not for me and explore other areas. I'm at peace with that and happy where I'm at in my recovery. Don't lose hope if you're feeling stuck, we've all been there.
Today, my question for you is: What were your preconceived notions of recovery before you actually dived in and how did you fight them? What has eventually worked for you? I'm giving y'all TWO songs for today. I realize that not everyone on this subreddit may have a long clean time and I want to recognize those people who may just be starting or have slipped and jumping back in. The first song is "Sunday Best" by Surfaces. I heard this song on the radio in rehab and while it's simple, the lyrics are exactly what you need to hear when you feel like you failed or just feeling rough. The second song is "Bounce Back" by Big Sean. For me, it's just a good song to vibe to when you need to pumped up after a rough day. Please feel free to share a song that hit home for you, I’d love to expand my recovery playlist and of course, just for today I am not drinking.