Seizing Assets of The Accused Becomes Even Bigger Business Under Trump

Local, state and federal agencies seizing the assets -- money or property -- of individuals accused but not convicted of crimes has become big business -- from $93.7 million in revenue in 1986 to $4.5 billion in 2014 -- and the Trump administration wants to make it even bigger business. He wants to seize the … Continue reading Seizing Assets of The Accused Becomes Even Bigger Business Under Trump

Gerrymandering of Congressional Districts Threatens Democracy

Despite the abysmal popularity of Congress, only eight members lost re-election in 2016. More than nine out of 10 races were not the least bit competitive. The incumbents won overwhelmingly, with margins you would expect in North Korea, Russia or Zimbabwe. Lack of competition has a "seriously corrosive effect on the integrity of democracy...We must … Continue reading Gerrymandering of Congressional Districts Threatens Democracy

Authoritarianism Rears Its Ugly Head

In times of rapid change or fear of anarchy,law-breaking and/or terrorism, when perceptions of "who we are" as a people seem to be changing, when the old rules of society seem to be breaking down, and old dreams seem no longer possible, reactionary forces are attracted to authoritarianism. This was certainly true after the passage … Continue reading Authoritarianism Rears Its Ugly Head