What Trump Means for Tech

On the eve of Trump’s election, the markets leapt into disarray. First they were falling — then they were rising, accelerating onwards for months and even recently closing out the Dow Jones at 20,000 for the first time in history. The stock markets were revving forward, but one industry seemed to be missing out: technology. In the wake of Trump’s newborn presidency, tech stocks slumped across the board. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet all fell at least 1.9% each within 48 hours of Trump’s election, and questions about how Trump’s…

Why your vote matters: The moral case for voting

On Nov. 8, millions of Americans cast their votes for president of the United States. There are many things in this election that one can complain about, be it the biggest popular vote – Electoral College split in modern history or the president-elect himself. However, a more banal and unsurprising fact has caught my attention: as in other years, voter turnout was low, particularly when compared to other western democratic countries. Michael McDonald, an associate professor at the University of Florida, estimates that 57.9 percent of eligible voters cast their…

What’s Left For the Democratic Party

The world’s oldest active political party now faces a historic identity crisis after Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton two weeks ago. In hindsight, this ideological void should not have been completely unexpected given Bernie Sanders’ strong challenge against Clinton for the party’s nomination during the primaries. But it was the general consensus among party leaders that any healing of wounds inflicted as a result of party infighting would be tempered by the fact that one of their own would be stewarding the ship of state while the kinks…

With the Two-Party System Reaffirmed, Onus on Democrats to Bridge Divide

Throughout the 2016 election, political pundits claimed that the American people were growing disillusioned with the two-party system. These assertions came as a godsend for many American voters; 60 percent of Americans believe a third-party is necessary for adequate representation, according to Gallup.   Yet, if there was one overarching truth to the 2016 presidential election, it was that all prophetic presumptions were trumped-up miscues. The 2016 presidential election only reaffirmed the two-party system. In an election where the two-party system was seemingly on the chopping block due to a…

A Unique Election Season in the Age of Social Media

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about the 2016 election. After all, it’s all around us, permeating our conversations, splashed on the front page of every newspaper, and receiving constant television coverage. For months we’ve been unable to escape the constant onslaught of speculations on who will win and how, and talk is unlikely to slow now that there’s been such a stunning reversal of expectations with Donald Trump’s victory. In fact, I bet your social media platforms are especially saturated with election coverage. Scroll through Facebook and what was…

There Are More Than Two Sides to Politics: Chad Peace speaks about Independent Voters in 2016

Chad Peace is a leader in the independent voter community. He serves as the legal strategist for the Independent Voter Project (IVP), the publishing editor for IVP’s publication IVN.us, president of IVC Media, and partner at the law firm Peace & Shea LLP. Peace has dedicated his life to reforming the electoral system in favor of all voters, not just party affiliates. Welcome Chad. Thank you for joining me today. Do you mind discussing a bit of what the Independent Voter Project (IVP) does?  The Independent Voter Project was founded…

Political Parties, Propaganda, and Disenfranchisement: Frances Fox Piven on Voter Suppression

Frances Fox Piven is a social activist and professor of political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. She co-founded the National Welfare Rights Organization and the Human Service Employees Registration and Voter Education Campaign, which successfully pushed for the passage of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. She has written 12 books, often with the collaboration of her late husband Richard Cloward, and currently serves as one of eight honorary chairs for the Democratic Socialists of America. Dr. Piven recently sat down with FPR columnist MacKenzie Stuart before speaking…

Donald Trump is an Existential Threat to Democracy

At a Florida rally in mid-October, Republican nominee Donald J. Trump announced that “this election will determine whether we are a free nation or whether we have only an illusion of democracy … our system is rigged. This is reality.” But the true, unnerving reality is the danger that Trump poses to the legitimacy of American democracy. Over the past month, Trump has continuously eschewed our democratic institutions. Onslaught after onslaught, tirade after tirade, Trump has offered a menacing view of the institutions that Americans have valued for 240 years.…