Encourage Competition with Campaign Finance

Sitting politicians fundraise throughout the year from lobbyists, interest groups and supporters vying for influence. They develop the networks and infrastructure to capitalize on their position of power. And they accumulate large amounts of money ready to deploy against competitive threats. In this way sitting politicians are like big corporations. In contrast, most potential congressionalContinue reading “Encourage Competition with Campaign Finance”

A Political Performance Review

The science of performance reviews has dramatically improved in the last few years. The best companies have moved from ineffective annual reviews to frequent check-ins where employees receive direct feedback against specific goals and company values. In the new model, employees knows when they’re succeeding or failing. Good performers get promoted early and often, poorContinue reading “A Political Performance Review”

Conservatives’ Yin to Liberals’ Yang

Moral Psychology’s Argument for Appreciating The Other Side Jonathan Haidt is one of my favorite thinkers on moral and political psychology. I recently re-watched his 2008 TED Talk, “The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives”. There are a number of salient points I find worth sharing. Societies and cultures are incredibly complex systems that haveContinue reading “Conservatives’ Yin to Liberals’ Yang”

After Integrity, Then What?

This is a follow up to my earlier blog Solve For Integrity First. When we achieve the remarkable feat of a government full of leaders who act with integrity, what then? I believe our country will be best off by incentivizing the development of policy with two fundamental qualities that transcend petty party politics: omni-positivismContinue reading “After Integrity, Then What?”

How ranked-choice voting slays toxic partisanship

TL;DR: Ranked-choice voting is dope. Think of it as a ninja in the fight against toxic partisanship. It reduces negative campaigning. It eliminates the ability for a third party candidate to “spoil” an election. It increases the likelihood moderate candidates win. It increases voter turnout. Okay I’m intrigued, but what is it actually? Ranked-choice votingContinue reading “How ranked-choice voting slays toxic partisanship”