I’ve followed your wonderful work for years — I love the way you combine clear-headed pragmatism with suggested solutions — a real tonic.
I’ve tried over the years to contact you — to no avail somehow — so I thought a comment here might be a way in.
I agree with everything you say in this article about journalism focused on the need to secure the current US voting system.
I’d like to encourage you to go much deeper, however, to question the base credentials, and root capacity to serve the public, of an elections-based system itself.
The ancient Athenians criticized elections as bound to produce aristocratic or oligarchic government (https://youtu.be/KS9EMvbBq_U) — sound familiar?
They preferred instead to use random selection of citizens and deliberation.
Modern, real-life innovations inspired by those mechanisms are starting to see the light of day. They offer credible alternatives to the status quo that ensures the integrity of public officials, free from the many pressures that come with seeking election or re-election.
This film — When Citizens Assemble (https://www.allhandsondoc.com/when-citizens-assemble) — pilot for the short-documentary series All Hands On (https://www.allhandsondoc.com/) that I’m making — lays out the ideas as they relate to Ireland’s approach to breaking its decades-long de facto ban on abortion.
I’d love to talk more to you about all this — a systems-changing journalism approach I think is needed to get us out of what is becoming a very dangerous slide away from progressive, humanity protecting government the world over.