I.6: What Would a True Jeffersonian Democracy Look Like?

Thomas Jefferson wanted America to be a bottom-up multi-layered republic. In other words, he wanted citizen decision-making power at all levels. That is to say, true sovereignty would exist in local communities, counties, states, and the nation. That should be the definition of the phrase “Jeffersonian democracy”. But what America has is a top-down system … Read more

I.5: Do We Live in a Jeffersonian Democracy?

Many think our government follows the principles championed by Thomas Jefferson. The phrase, “Jeffersonian democracy” is based on Thomas Jefferson’s defeat of the Federalist Party in 1800, and his tremendously democratic view of government. But I argue that, unfortunately, today we live in a society much more influenced by Jefferson’s arch-enemy, Alexander Hamilton. So we … Read more

I.4: What is Democracy?

How would you define democracy? Both the old Soviet Union and Communist China have claimed to be democracies. But do they match your definition of democracy? America is properly called a representative democracy. That is to say, it is a “republic”. That word comes from the Latin and means “for the public good”. So does … Read more

I.3: American Society’s Most Fundamental Needs

Humanity’s biggest problem is human nature. But humans cannot change human nature. So, to meet American society’s most fundamental needs, we need a government that restrains our nature. And compared to history, our government does a marvelous job of that. But by any absolute standard, our government fails to stop corruption. That tells us that … Read more

I.2: How Can We Separate Money and Politics?

We tend to waste time, money, and energy attacking the symptoms of problems and ignore their root causes. What is the root cause of most of America’s problems? I believe it is government corruption. Moreover, I think that happens because we don’t know how to separate money and politics. The love of money is the … Read more

I.1: America’s Representative Democracy

What is “business as usual” in America’s representative democracy today? Government by two gangs (political parties) has replaced government by the people’s representatives. Politicians must get re-elected, so they cater to their largest campaign donors. Rich and powerful elites dominate both parties. Each party wipes out the previous accomplishments of the other, so little ever … Read more