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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

As a bitterly divisive presidential election race moved towards its climax, openDemocracy writers made sense of the issues and presented the key views behind the news.

Are voters idiots?

The people are right – even when they’re wrong. That’s democracy. Why don’t leftists get it?

Time to calm down

The way leftists – and openDemocracy writers – stereotype their political opponents in the American election reveals a thought–denying prejudice, says Roger Scruton.

America underneath New York

In the New York subway, Mariano Aguirre sees into the divided, lonely heart of America – but glimpses fertile seeds in the post-election landscape.

Bush's triumph: three ends and a beginning

November 2004 represents a decisive moment in global as well as American politics that demands an urgent response from concerned citizens everywhere, says Fred Halliday.

A blue in a red state: post-election reflections

A diary of election-year conversations with Democratic voters in the Republican stronghold of Indiana provoke Jason Vest to savage illumination of the consoling myths, false trails and self-deceits of a failed campaign.

A funny thing happened on the way to the forums

The Bush vs Kerry election inquest has been at its liveliest in openDemocracy’s forums. Dominic Hilton presents the highlights.

Where now?

What does George W Bush's re-election mean for America and the world? openDemocracy writers look ahead.

America votes, Bush wins, the world responds

As the last votes of the United States election are counted, openDemocracy writers worldwide give their personal reactions to the result.

America's middle east lesson: Karim Souaid interviewed

The United States’s 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.

Fukuyama's moment: a neocon schism opens

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.

The world's US election

It’s one of the world’s 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? openDemocracy’s world media monitor looks at the national media coverage of the United States presidential election in nine different countries.

The illogic of mini-nukes

Should bunker-busting nuclear weapons be part of United States national security strategy? Charles V Peña on a hidden faultline in the presidential race.

The decisive moment: John Berger interviewed

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.

Bush vs Kerry: what sort of people do we want to be?

Liberal Democrats like John Kerry share the same religion as conservative Republicans like George W Bush: a belief in America’s 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.

First-time sceptics? The view from Yale

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.

Bring democracy back to America

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.

Paramedia and Parrot Media

With just over a week to go before the presidential election, the paramedia decibels are soaring and the mobilisation intensifying. Todd Gitlin on the curious convulsions and fabulous flavours of this crucial campaign.

The Harvard economists' letter: Louis Wells interviewed

Leading economics and business professors from the Harvard Business School have sent an open letter to President Bush criticising his economic policies. The initiative’s co-organiser, Louis Wells, talks to openDemocracy’s Caspar Henderson about its origin and purpose.

Bush owes no one an explanation

For four years, President Bush has been shielded from the public and protected from contrary opinion. The three crucial TV presidential debates have revealed the true man. Advantage John Kerry.

In the eye of the hurricane

What is it like to work in the Washington political establishment at election time – especially when so much is at stake? John Hulsman has the insider’s story.

Kerry reports (again) for duty

John Kerry not just clearly won the first televised debate with George W Bush – he opened up a huge strategic difference over the future of United States policy in Iraq, says Todd Gitlin.

Kerry lives to fight another day

By providing a confident, coherent narrative of the weakness of George W Bush’s anti–terror strategy, John Kerry has revivified his campaign for the presidency, says John Hulsman.

Why I'm not going to the Republican convention

The modern American party convention is country fair not clash of ideas. But for John Hulsman, the tensions inside the Republican party between foreign policy realists and neo-conservatives, the small-government party base and the empire-building leadership, make its New York gathering essential to follow.

The Republicans in New York: preparing for an elephant stampede

New York is hosting two great gatherings of political activists: the US Republican party’s pre–election convention, and the tens of thousands of protestors assembling in the city’s streets, parks and meeting–halls. Sam Howard–Spink raises the curtain on a week of political theatre.

John Kerry, Reporting for Duty

“John Kerry’s acceptance speech was the most cogent, most stirring in memory.” Todd Gitlin on the week the patriotic Democrats formally nominated their Presidential candidate, and the media carried “Extreme Makeover”.
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