Daily Archives: March 21, 2016


Moving away from the geopolitics of the Middle east, Paul, in this essay, outlines the American electoral process. The key to understanding the nature of any democracy lies not in how voting is conducted so much as how candidates are chosen. We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

***A Brief and Inadequate History of the Primaries.

Throughout most of my adult years I earned my bread teaching the History of the United States — in California for four years (1964-1968) and thereafter in Ottawa at Carleton University. I have always prided myself on my knowledge of the American political system — how it works now and how it worked in the past. But now there has come a moment of panic-fear that I never understood it at all. Perhaps it serves me right. 

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