WBEZ | democracy http://www.wbez.org/tags/democracy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Democracy referendum in Hong Kong http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-26/democracy-referendum-hong-kong-110419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP789734280265.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Voters in Hong Kong turned out in the hundreds of thousands to vote in an unofficial referendum demanding democracy, in response to a document from the Chinese government saying Hong Kong does not have full autonomy. We&#39;ll discuss the implications of the call for greeter freedom.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-democracy-referendum-in-hong-kong" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Democracy referendum in Hong Kong" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-26/democracy-referendum-hong-kong-110419 Political turmoil in Egypt and rating corruption around the world http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-09/political-turmoil-egypt-and-rating-corruption-around-world-107995 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP111012035585.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss ongoing conflict in Egypt. Local Egyptians share their thoughts about protests. We learn about a report that takes a look at corruption around the world.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100354664&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-turmoil-in-egypt-and-rating-co.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-political-turmoil-in-egypt-and-rating-co" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Political turmoil in Egypt and rating corruption around the world" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-09/political-turmoil-egypt-and-rating-corruption-around-world-107995 The purpose of the ballot http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/purpose-ballot-104137 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mel%20reynolds%20AP.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Mel Reynolds is running for Congress under the them of 'Redemption.' (AP/M. Spencer Green)" /></div><p>With the resignation of Jesse Jackson Jr. from his seat in the 2nd Congressional District, a growing number of potential candidates are lining up to take his place. It seems that each day the field gets a little larger. And unquestionably, one of the most surprising candidates to throw his hat in the ring is the person Rep. Jackson originally defeated to win the seat in 1995: Mel Reynolds.</p><p>In 1992 the young, photogenic Reynolds defeated the then controversial Gus Savage, who had for 12 years run the district as a personal fiefdom. Two years after Reynolds won the seat he was convicted of a series of sexual crimes with a minor; he was also convicted on federal financial and campaign fraud charges.</p><p>Now Reynolds wants back in. He says he wants another chance to do the job right. His campaign slogan is straight forward and right on point: Redemption. Reynolds argues that he&rsquo;s done the crime, he&rsquo;s done his time, and now it&rsquo;s time to move on. He maintains that he has the education, talent and experience to do the job. And, he&rsquo;s hoping that the constituents of the district will recognize that his past crimes shouldn&rsquo;t be a &ldquo;life sentence&rdquo; and vote for him.</p><p>I think Reynolds&rsquo; arrogance in this matter is stunning! Sexual misconduct with a minor, the solicitation of child pornography, campaign fraud &mdash; and he wants his job back! I guess what Reynolds is really hoping for is a case of &ldquo;total collective amnesia&rdquo; on the part of the voters of the&nbsp;2nd&nbsp;District. I applaud Mr. Reynolds attempt at &ldquo;redemption,&rdquo; but perhaps that process should be pursued in a more private manner and not in a public venue.</p><p>Legally, of course, Mr. Reynolds has the right to seek re-election. Here&rsquo;s where the &ldquo;beauty&rdquo; of our American political system comes into play. He has a right to run, and citizens of his district have a right to vote. So, if his constituents decide that his previous behavior and character are not acceptable to them &mdash; they simply don&rsquo;t have to vote for him. If they don&rsquo;t believe in his plea for redemption, he need not be publically ridiculed or reviled; he should simply not receive a person&rsquo;s vote. In voting against any one particular candidate, citizens are demonstrating yet another sacred tenant of our political system: &ldquo;Every person has a right to their say, but not every person is right.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/purpose-ballot-104137 Insight Labs ponders how technology has changed the way Millennials view democracy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/insight-labs-ponders-how-technology-has-changed-way-millennials-view-democracy <p><p>Since the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHa6RTUBoC0">26th Amendment</a> decreased the voting age to 18 in 1971, the symbol of the voting booth has gone through a period of transition. It no longer represents exclusivity and instead has become a ubiquitous element of American adult life. But for the Millenial generation, the once-powerful act of pulling the lever has lost its appeal as the perception of its inherent value has diminished. So, in the 21st Century, how do we not only make our votes count, but make sure they have value as well?<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/I voted for the 44th President of the US (FlickrPhoney Nickle).jpg" style="float: right; height: 250px; width: 250px;" title="I Voted for the 44th President of the US (Flickr/Phoney Nickle)" /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/I%20voted%20for%20the%2044th%20President%20of%20the%20US%20%28FlickrPhoney%20Nickle%29.jpg" style="height: 4px; width: 4px; float: right; " title="I Voted for the 44th President of the US (Flickr/Phoney Nickle)" /></p><p>Well, Jeff Leitner and Howell J. Malhalm Jr. of <a href="http://www.theinsightlabs.org/">Insight Labs</a> are trying to get to the heart of that very question. Insight Labs is dedicated to bringing together smart, creative people from non-profit organizations, NGO&rsquo;s, and government agencies to brainstorm ideas about solving the world&rsquo;s problems by thinking outside the box. Insight Labs host three-hour discussion sessions (called &ldquo;Labs&rdquo;) that attempt to tackle seemingly impossible problems from a myriad different angles. Two weeks ago, Insight Labs partnered with <a href="http://www.ourtime.org/">Our Time</a>, an upstart advocacy group for young Americans to voice their unique concerns in the political discourse, to conduct a Lab in Washington D.C to develop a new model for measuring civic participation that takes into account our changing cultural landscape.</p><p>This proved fruitful as the team took away <a href="http://www.theinsightlabs.org/labs/moving-beyond-the-vote">many unique insights from the session</a>. For one thing, experts are saying &ldquo;that turnout in itself is not a particularly relevant measure of the health of a democratic society,&rdquo; and rather the more relevant measure is vote&rsquo;s meaningful impact on society. Personal agency is paramount in a democracy simply because people want the feeling that they have control over their own destinies. Voting was the ultimate symbol of agency in the United States for many years, but now that the very nature of agency is changing in light of technological advances that give us an unprecedentedly high degree of personalization and freedom over our own lives, voting seems quite antiquated. Why would the younger generation buy into designating leaders by proxy when their lives are ruled by themselves?</p><p>Now, <a href="http://www.theinsightlabs.org/about">Jeff and Howell</a> are bringing this question to The Afternoon Shift and the American people: Are young people outgrowing democracy? Howell believes that democracy has run its course and that we should form a new type of political participation that can actually accomplish something in the face of political polarization, financial crises, and unprecedented technological change. On the other hand, Jeff thinks that democracy has always needed an intergenerational reboot and the Millenials are just the people to bring it up to speed.</p><p>Host Steve Edwards will explore this burning question with Jeff and Howell on today&rsquo;s Afternoon Shift.&nbsp; Listen to the conversation and voice your own opinion on our twitter feed.&nbsp; Use the hashtag #doesvotingmatter</p><script charset="utf-8" src="http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js"></script><script> new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#doesvotingmatter', interval: 30000, title: 'Afternoon Shift and Insight Labs', subject: 'Does voting still matter?', width: 'auto', height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#a60202', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: { scrollbar: true, loop: true, live: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start(); </script></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/insight-labs-ponders-how-technology-has-changed-way-millennials-view-democracy In Russia, democracy protests erupt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/russia-democracy-protests-erupt-94828 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-12/russia1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This weekend, Russians hit the streets by the tens of thousands to protest alleged vote rigging in the country's parliamentary elections. Taking place in 60 cities, the protests were the largest anti-government activism that post-Soviet Russia has ever seen. They also signal a growing impatience with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's unilateral hold on the country's politics.</p><p>Today, Russia surprised us once again as mining titan (and New Jersey Nets owner) Mikhail Prokhorov announced that he will challenge Putin in the presidential elections.</p><p><a href="http://www.thenation.com/authors/katrina-vanden-heuvel" target="_blank">Katrina vanden Heuvel</a>, editor and publisher of <em>The Nation</em>, provides analysis. In her recent article, "<a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/165102/russias-great-december-evolution" target="_blank">Russia's Great December Evolution,</a>" Katrina says that "under the radar and virtually unreported in the US, a new civic activism has been emerging" in Russia, a nation that has long accepted Putin's vacuous brand of democracy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/russia-democracy-protests-erupt-94828 Burma’s reforms lead to Secretary Clinton’s historic visit http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-05/burma%E2%80%99s-reforms-lead-secretary-clinton%E2%80%99s-historic-visit-94600 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-05/burma2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Until last week, no U.S. secretary of state had visited Burma - considered one of the most repressive regimes in the world - since 1955. Secretary Hillary Clinton's historic visit changed all that, marking a turning point in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Burma.</p><p>During her visit, Secretary Clinton met with the country's new president, Thein Sein. He’s the man behind a liberalization and reform process that’s gone faster than anyone expected. Clinton also met famed opposition leader and democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. After spending 15 years under house arrest, Su Kyi plans to re-enter Burmese politics and run for parliament in the next elections.</p><p><a href="http://www.soros.org/newsroom/experts/aungthwin" target="_blank">Maureen Aung Thwin</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.soros.org/initiatives/bpsai" target="_blank">Burma Project at the Open Society Foundation</a>, provides analysis on what improved relations with the U.S. might mean for democracy-starved Burma.</p></p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-05/burma%E2%80%99s-reforms-lead-secretary-clinton%E2%80%99s-historic-visit-94600 Income disparity and U.S. political economy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-09/income-disparity-and-us-political-economy-93898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/occupy2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>At the heart of the growing Occupy movement is a frustration that economic elites dominate public policy and don’t contribute their fair share to society.</p><p>Last month, we sat down with <a href="http://www.polisci.northwestern.edu/people/winters.html" target="_blank">Jeffrey Winters</a>, a political science professor at Northwestern University, to talk about wealth in America and his book <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781107005280&amp;ss=fro" target="_blank"><em>Oligarchy</em></a>. Jeffrey <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-28/oligarchy-history-how-super-rich-defend-their-wealth-93577" target="_blank">talked to us</a> about the root causes of income disparity, and how America’s super-rich have an entire ‘wealth defense industry” at their disposal to evade paying taxes proportional to what the rest of the country pays. The interview provoked a compelling discussion about the nature of wealth in America. He returns to the program to take calls from listeners.</p><p>We're also joined by <a href="http://political-science.uchicago.edu/people/faculty/mccormick.shtml" target="_blank">John McCormick</a>, a political science professor at the University of Chicago and author of <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item5695990/?site_locale=en_GB" target="_blank"><em>Machiavellian Democracy</em></a>. He proposes a new branch of government, a "people’s council," that could try government officials for war crimes and abuse, veto and propose legislation, and ultimately keep government accountable to the masses. His ideas stem from research into ancient systems such as Rome and Athens, where plebeians held high positions in government alongside elites.</p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-09/income-disparity-and-us-political-economy-93898 The Burmese government’s stunning shifts inspire cautious optimism http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-18/burmese-government%E2%80%99s-stunning-shifts-inspire-cautious-optimism-93229 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-18/burma1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Burmese government, one of the most repressive in the world, may be moving toward reform. Last week, authorities pledged to ease harsh censorship laws and released more than 200 political prisoners – with a pledge to release hundreds more. Last month, the government responded to environmental concerns and stopped the construction of a Chinese-backed dam in the north. And authorities has gingerly opened a dialogue with democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who was kept under house arrest and barred from political participation for 15 years.</p><p>We speak with <a href="http://blog.soros.org/author/maureen-aung-thwin/" target="_blank">Maureen Aung-Thwin</a>, director of <a href="http://www.soros.org/" target="_blank">The Open Society’s</a> Burma Project, about the southeast Asian country's new wave of hope after decades of oppressive military rule.</p></p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-18/burmese-government%E2%80%99s-stunning-shifts-inspire-cautious-optimism-93229 Rahm vows bus rapid transit, but can he deliver? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Transmilenio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All this week, WBEZ is looking at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor</a>.</p><p>One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost. BRT shortens travel times through dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid boarding that’s level with station platforms, and traffic signals that favor the buses.</p><p>WBEZ’s West Side bureau reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/chip-mitchell" target="_blank">Chip Mitchell</a> gives us a progress report on Emanuel’s ambitious plan.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi tests her freedom after years of house arrest http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-12/burmese-activist-aung-san-suu-kyi-tests-her-freedom-after-years-house-ar <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-12/AP110707016595.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/jerome-mcdonnell">Jerome McDonnell</a> wants to share a little secret with you…He loves political portraits…of all stripes.</p><p>He has a hand painted plate of Kurdish political leader Massoud Barzani on his desk at WBEZ. But, out of respect for his family, he wouldn’t plaster the walls of their home with political portraits...until he saw <a href="http://obeygiant.com/headlines/aung-san-suu-kyi-released">Shepard Fairey’s portrait</a> of Aung San Suu Kyi. Now it hangs above the piano in his living room. It was then he discovered how few people who entered his living room know who Aung San Suu Kyi is.</p><p>Suu Kyi is General Secretary of the National League for Democracy party in Burma. In 1990 general elections, her party won 59% of the national votes and 81% of the seats in Parliament. Burma’s military junta threw out the election results. Suu Kyi was already under house arrest by the junta and she remained detained for almost 15 of 21 years until her release on November 13, 2010.</p><p>But Suu Kyi is already testing the boundaries of her newfound freedom. She left Rangoon for the first time since the end of her house arrest and she gave two addresses for the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0126d29">BBC’s Reith Lecture Series</a>. The addresses were taped secretly in her home. We’ll hear a lecture on dissent; the second of the two lectures. First, we talked about Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma with <a href="http://www.soros.org/initiatives/bpsai/about/bios/aungthwin">Maureen Aung Thwin</a> from the Open Society’s Burma Project. She's also a trustee of the Burma Studies Foundation, which oversees the <a href="http://www.niu.edu/burma/">Center for Burma Studies</a> at Northern Illinois University.</p></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-12/burmese-activist-aung-san-suu-kyi-tests-her-freedom-after-years-house-ar