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Democracy Matters - Episode 47: No Power Superior to the People


 
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SUMMARY: Is the United States a democracy? Is representative government failing the American people? In this episode, we talk with former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel about deliberative direct democracy.


Is the United States a democracy? Is representative government failing the American people?  

In this episode, we talk with former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel about how bringing the people directly into the operations of government as deliberative lawmakers might make the United States more democratic. Gravel served in the Senate representing Alaska from 1969-1981 and ran for president in both 2008 and 2020. He waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months in 1971 that forced the Nixon administration to cut a deal ending the draft. Most prominently known for his contributions to releasing the Pentagon Papers.

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Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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