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Machiavelli, Moneyed Elites, and the Founders

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 11, 2006 - 1:17pm

Looks like this one's for you, Professor Mercieca: The scholarly version:
Submitted by mercieca on July 12, 2006 - 10:19am.
thanks for posting this jim (question: why do i have to request a new password every time i want to post here? is each password like a day pass? its frustrating!) i've been poking about the internets and looking at voter turn out by country. the u.s. is not best when it comes to turn out (shocking, i know!) the IDEA (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) has the u.s. ranked at 139--between switzerland and mexico. and wikipedia cites data provided by mark franklin's work on electoral participation to place the u.s. in 33rd place among countries with "free elections"--between switzerland and india. (as you may note jim, malta is number 2 behind austrailia with 94%, but malta does not have mandatory voting like they do. i'm just sayin'...) i'm teaching a summer class on activism. my students are registering texass-ians to vote as part of the class and they were dismayed to learn that the best we've done lately puts our participation about par with russia.

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