Bringing Back Sortition: How Modern Democracies Are Failing and How They Could Be Saved

14523303_10209303430817189_8787678059998973059_n  By Laura Serra

Reactions following the political developments of the past few months can generally be divided into two strands: those who believe they represent a win for democracy and those who believe they are sanctioning its end. Brexiteers and Trumpeteers rejoiced at the outcome of the referendum and presidential elections respectively because it embodied the victory of the will of the majority. Those who opposed their views were silenced by claims that this is the essence of democracy: the majority declares who the winners and losers are, and the majority is always right for the mere fact of being the majority. Continue reading “Bringing Back Sortition: How Modern Democracies Are Failing and How They Could Be Saved”

Nationalism vs. Multiculturalism: The Case for Coexistence

14523303_10209303430817189_8787678059998973059_n Laura Serra

Recent developments in world politics have led to the resurgence of popularity and influence for nationalistic parties. What is problematic about this trend is the rhetoric used by leaders and supporters of these parties, a rhetoric that at best resembles that being used during the interwar period, and at worst invokes similar political actions. Continue reading “Nationalism vs. Multiculturalism: The Case for Coexistence”