No less than the life of the republic itself depends on the election of 2 November 2004, says Todd Gitlin.
The left is guilty of political paranoia that drowns reasoned argument. But it is the failures and dangers of Bushs post-9/11 policy that leave Dave Belden with a clear choice in the presidential election.
Does United States democracy need the worlds aid? In the seventeenth of our Letters to Americans series, Swedish activist with The World Speaks, Kajsa Klein, writes to the African American writer and civic leader, Julianne Malveaux.
The United Statess post-9/11 foreign policy will have a long-term, positive effect on middle-east politics, Lebanese banker Karim Souaid tells openDemocracy editor Anthony Barnett.
The real issue at stake in the presidential election is the utopian vs. realist struggle for American foreign policy, says John Hulsman. Americas role in the world is the subject of a great ideological battle.
Has America forgotten Russian national interests in pursuit of its own? In the sixteenth of our Letters to Americans series, Sergei Markov, director of the Institute for Political Studies in Moscow, writes to Robert V Daniels, professor at the University of Vermont and author of Russias Transformation.
The clandestine culture of illegal homosexuality in Britain generated a creative linguistic response. Tom Wicker traces a hidden history.
The contemporary city, London especially, was supposed to be the model for the workable, cosmopolitan multicultural future. But neoliberal globalisation and its disastrous consequences are reproducing in the city the growing inequalities of the world, argues the foremost analyst of multiculture.
The Iraq war opened a fratricidal split among United States neo–conservatives. Danny Postel examines the bitter dispute between two leading neocons, Francis Fukuyama and Charles Krauthammer, and suggests that Fukuyama’s critique of the Iraq war and decision not to vote for George W Bush is a significant political as well as intellectual moment.
Its one of the worlds biggest news stories in 2004, but the issues are not the same in China as they are in Iran. Do journalists even care in Nepal? openDemocracys world media monitor looks at the national media coverage of the United States presidential election in nine different countries.
Americas occupation of Iraq is making real an imagined link.
The most important campaign of all, for democratic legitimacy and moral respect, has found the United States president wanting.
Justine Isola reached voting age two weeks before the American presidential election in 2000. At Yale University four years on, she listens to the views of her fellow-students and reflects on the meaning of her participation in the democratic process.
Liberal Democrats like John Kerry share the same religion as conservative Republicans like George W Bush: a belief in Americas moral exceptionalism. But the scale of the American and world challenge facing any new president makes their contest far more than a choice of evils, says Godfrey Hodgson.
The importance of the United States election on 2 November is so great that all considerations except one defeating Bush - need to be set aside, John Berger tells openDemocracy editor Anthony Barnett.
The European Social Forum in London floundered over the issue of Islams relationship with the west, says Tunisian human rights activist Massoud Romdhani. He tells openDemocracys Rosemary Bechler why he prefers Marxist economist Samir Amin to Muslim reformer Tariq Ramadan.
Should bunker-busting nuclear weapons be part of United States national security strategy? Charles V Peña on a hidden faultline in the presidential race.
Is Americas foreign policy a slave to political priorities and business interests? In the fifteenth of our Letters to Americans series, Ken Wiwa, justice campaigner and advocate for the Ogoni people in the Niger delta, writes to Gayle Smith, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
The United States experienced real democracy only from 1965-2000, from the civil rights era to the post-Florida judicial coup, says Siva Vaidhyanathan. Whatever the result on 2 November, American citizens need to seize the responsibility of remaking it.
Across a dozen years, the experience of hearing Jacques Derrida lecture remains for Candida Clark an indelible invitation to a new way of seeing.