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Do We Feel the Bern Still?

Many of us were devastated when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lost the 2016 Democratic Primary to Hillary Clinton. So many of us — especially the youths — felt the bern. Sanders won the most ballots among voters 30 and younger. They voted for Sanders more than two million times while Clinton and Donald Trump could…

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The Majority of America Identifies as Independent. So What’s With the Negative Stigma Around Moderates?

Our last election was disappointing, to say the least. I say this not necessarily from one political camp or the other, but because the majority of Americans seem to agree with this sentiment. Those of us voting in the last election mostly voted from necessity, and not from true inspiration for our candidate. We voted…

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The Division of the Western World

Have you ever heard of the state of Jefferson? Unless you’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the far northern reaches of California, you probably answered no. The idea centers on dividing California into two states, after which the northern section would go by the Founding Father’s name. What about “Calexit,” or the idea…

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Defining Echo Chambers: Why Do We Only Hear What We Want To?

The foundational political battle being waged right now across the globe is quickly becoming one of “globalists” vs. “nationalists” — and some still think of it as a war between progressives and conservatives. The biggest battle, though, is between the informed and the ignorant. People bristle when you so much as whisper the word “ignorance.”…

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How State Ballot Access Laws Restrict Third-Party Candidates

Even though a third-party candidate has never won a modern-era presidential election, increasing frustration with federal party candidates has driven more voters to support alternative options. Unfortunately, our voting system forces supporters of third-party candidates to jump through hoops just to cast a vote of equal value for someone who’s not a Republican or Democrat.…

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How the Two-Party System Harms Democracy

If you were born after 1972, you’ve never seen a third-party presidential candidate receive a single electoral vote. Even in 2016’s “lesser of two evils” contest, third-party candidates combined to earn roughly five percent of the vote, the same number Ross Perot achieved on his own in 1992. Our system is becoming increasingly stratified. Presidential…