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Save the date: MONDAY November 16th
“Democracy in a Time of Un-Truth”
WHEN: Monday, November 16th, 1:30 – 3:00pm, MDT
WHERE: Zoom Online – Free, but preregistration required
Sponsored by the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum
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Today, our nation and the world face multiple and interconnected crises: climate change, global pandemics, structural racism, and growing socio-economic disparities. What is keeping our democracy from addressing them in a timely and effective manner? Some clues:
**A recent on-the-ground article by Time magazine reporter, Charlotte Alter: “How conspiracy theories are shaping the 2020 election–and shaking the foundation of American democracy” (9.21/28.2020 issue, pp74-77).
Over a week of [more than seven dozen] interviews in early September, I heard baseless conspiracies from ordinary Americans in parking lots and boutiques and strip malls from Racine to Cedarburg to Wauwatosa, Wis.
**Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently put it this way:
Without shared facts on which to make decisions, there can be no solutions to our biggest challenges. And without a modicum of trust that both sides want to preserve and enhance the common good, it is impossible to accomplish anything big.
–from “Trump Sent a Warning. Let’s Take It Seriously.” (NYT, 9.29.2020)
**What is the underlying problem? Twelve months ago, historian Sophia Rosenfeld wrote:
The issue is not just professional spinners talking about “alternative facts” or the current US president bending the truth and spreading conspiracy theories at every turn, . . . . The deeper problem stems from the growing sense we all have that, today, even hard evidence of the kind that used to settle arguments about factual questions won’t persuade people whose political commitments have already led them to the opposite conclusion. Rather, citizens now belong to “epistemic tribes”: one person’s truth is another’s hoax or lie.
–from “Why truth matters for democracy” (ABC Religion and Ethics, 10.23.2019)
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October 12th – OCCURRED
“Election Reform and Ranked Choice Voting”
Linda Templin slides: here
Video link here
SPEAKERS: Terrance Carroll, Colorado State Director for Unite America and Linda Templin, Executive Director, Ranked Choice Voting for Colorado
SPEAKER/MODERATOR: Sarah McCarthy, League of Women Voters of Denver
SPONSORED BY: Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum at Iliff
THE PROBLEM: The majority doesn’t always win. “Too often, political candidates are elected without actually winning a majority of votes—or even support—in multi-candidate races where the winner simply has to win more votes than the others. Combined with zero-sum, negative campaigns, and low-turnout runoff elections, the result is a system that leads to unrepresentative outcomes. Ranked Choice Voting can change that.” (uniteamerica.org)
Ranked choice voting (RCV) “is a voting method that allows voters to rank their candidates in order of preference. Instead of choosing just one candidate, voters rank candidates in order of choice—first, second, third, and so on. Voters earn the freedom to vote for the candidates they like the best, without fear of helping elect the candidate they like the least. . . . By implementing RCV in cities and counties across Colorado, we can give voters more choice and more voice in our elections.” (https://rcvforcolorado.org/)
For more information, see Election Reform: Better Methods (League of Women Voters of Colorado) and Ranked-choice voting gains favor in Colorado after primary candidates dropped out late: but first more discussions on logistics and practical applications are needed, officials say” (Denver Post, March 7, 2020).
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