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  1. Beyond Voting
    Resource Type: Article
    By all means vote if you feel like it. But don't stop there. Real social change requires participation, not representation.
  2. Bowling Alone
    The Collapse and Revival of American Community

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2000
    Bowling Alone documents the rise and fall of community activity in the twentieth century in the United States and the social changes this reflects. It offers all the evidence, the confirmatory and the contradictory, to give a complete look at trends of community involvement and how increased social capital can benefit everybody.
  3. Canada's prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws designed to keep voters who oppose him from the polls.
  4. Catch 22 - A Voter Powered Campaign to Defeat the Harper Conservatives
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    A national public interest group opposing the Harper government has named 40 ridings across the country where Conservatives won by small margins and could be defeated by strategic voting.
  5. Changes to voting system leave Canada worse off
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    How did we end up with this convoluted and discriminatory method of voting when we once had perhaps the best method in the world - door-to-door enumeration and no hard-to-get voter ID requirement?
  6. Critique of Nonviolent Politics
    From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2002
    Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social movements." He says that nonviolence theory "is troubled by moral dogma and mechanical logic."
  7. Democracy for the Few
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1995
    How does the U.S. political system work and for what purpose? What are the major forces shaping political life and how do they operate? Who governs in the United States? Who gets what, when, how, and why? Who pays and in what ways. These are the central questions investigated in this book.
  8. Electoral reform will give us a voice
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1998
    The democratic case for electoral reform is fundamental, and to attack it
    as somehow a 'right wing' issue is a betrayal of the radical democratic tradition.
  9. Fair Vote Canada
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
    Representing over 55,000 Canadians, Fair Vote Canada is a grassroots, multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of government and throughout civil society.

    In a democracy, every voter's voice should be heard in Parliament. The share of votes the electorate cast for a party's candidates should match the share of seats a party is awarded, so majority governments will have a mandate from a true majority of voters. Those are defining principles of Proportional Representation, and those are the principles Fair Vote Canada endorses.
  10. The Fight for Freedom for Women
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    The fight for women's rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, primarily focusing on Britain and the USA.
  11. GOP Creates Perverse Online Voter Registration, Making It Harder for People to Vote
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The bill will ultimately reduce voting by senior citizens, people with disabilities and minorities.
  12. The History of Democracy
    A Marxist Interpretation

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2013
    Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately from the social and economic contexts in which democratic states operate.
  13. How to Rig an Election
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Election fraud in the United States in the era of computerized voting machines controlled and programmed by far-right corporate executives.
  14. Iran bars foreign media from reporting on protests
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government's decision to bar foreign journalists from leaving their offices to report, film, or take photographs--a restriction intended to prevent news coverage of protests.
  15. Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution
    Volume I: State and Bureaucracy

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1977
    A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
  16. October 19, 2015 is Voting Day: Are You Registered To Vote?
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Check, update or complete your voter registration at elections.ca or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868. You can register in advance until October 13 at 6 pm local time. After that, you must register when you vote.
  17. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 8, 2015
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2015
    Elections are the topic of the week, with items related to the October 19 Canadian federal election, and also to broader issues of parliamentary democracy, voting and whether voting can bring about change, and the neo-liberal attack on democracy. Articles look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the financial takeovers of Ukraine and Greece, and debt bondage. Also: a discussion of James Hansen's fossil fuel exit strategy, and a critique of Alinsky-style organizing.
  18. Passionate Declarations
    Essays on War and Justice

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2003
    Essays looking at American political ideology.
  19. The Policy of Abstention
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1887
    Morris argues that socialism should be fought for using mass action rather than parliamentary action.
  20. Preservation or plunder? The battle over the British Museum's Indigenous Australian show
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Indigenous Australians are calling for the objects on show at the British Museum's new exhibition to be returned.
  21. Rosa Luxemburg
    Selected Political Writings

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
  22. Strong voter registration campaign could mean the end for Harper
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The primary objective of Stephen Harper's absurdly-named Fair Elections Act is to prevent hundreds-of-thousands of Canadians from voting for the NDP, Liberals, Greens, etc. But efforts to help people to register to vote are not as strong as they could be. There needs to be close co-operation among groups to make sure that as many people as possible - particularly people in some 70 ridings where the Conservatives are vulnerable - have the identification they need to vote.
  23. Suffrage (Voting Rights)
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    The civil right to vote, or the exercise of that right.
  24. What Went Wrong in Ohio
    The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2006
    Documents fraud in the 2004 U.S. election.
  25. Why aren't people voting?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    There is much ado about "voter apathy", with a focus on young people, who in creative and desperate ways are urged and "mobbed" to vote. Unfortunately, much of this effort is barking up the wrong tree: unless we can guarantee that hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are eager to vote can actually do so, we are subjecting them to a nasty piece of Catch 22 where the victims of voter obstruction get the blame for being apathetic and not doing their civic duty.
  26. Women's Suffrage (Canada)
    Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia

    Resource Type: Article
    Suffrage campaign in the late 19th century which aimed to achieve votes for all women as a democratic right.

Experts on Voting in the Sources Directory

  1. Fair Vote Canada
  2. Simon Fraser University

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