Fifty-one years and two months ago, on January 10, 1967, the Colony of the Bahama Islands held the election that concluded with what we have come to call “Majority Rule”. In 2014, January 10 was officially legislated as a public holiday. And four years after the creation of the Majority Rule Day public holiday, we […]Read more "Reflections on Majority Rule 2018 (better late than never)"
Elections are over. The Bahamian people have voted, and the vote was historic. It’s not just that it was the cleanest sweep ever in the history of party politics in our nation. It’s not just that for the first time since 2002 that any governing party has been elected by a simple majority of the […]Read more "The day after the day after"
We live in a democracy. It’s not perfect, but we adhere to certain fundamental principles. Like this one: individuals are entitled, even encouraged, to hold widely divergent views. The vigourous debate of those views extends and enriches democratic life. Unfortunately, we tend to avoid that kind of debate. Rather than engaging with opposing ideas, fighting […]Read more "Democracy, ritual, responsibility, and … (yep) spoiling the ballot, giddily"
People ask me the same questions again and again. Why go out of your way to spoil the ballot—why not stay home/go to the beach? What is spoiling the ballot going to achieve? Why aren’t you looking at the candidates on offer and considering voting for a person rather than a party? If you’re so […]Read more "Seeding the Revolution: Methods & Madness"
1) Majorities. Marching. Almost a month ago I started to write a post about the two marches being held on January 10. It didn’t get finished for various reasons, none of them very good. What I envisioned for the post was a meditation on the value of both events. I wanted to recognize and honour […]Read more "Seeding the revolution: Rethinking the vote"
Elections are coming. They have to be. Constitutionally, they have to be held by the middle of this year. Between now and May, presumably, Bahamian voters will know which constituencies they reside in, who their candidates are, and what choices they will have at the polls this time. In response to this knowledge, the talk […]Read more "Seeding the Revolution: Spoiling the Vote"
I am not American. However, I recognize the United States of America for providing a model for democracy around the world. No, its democracy is not perfect, but it is earnest. In principle, it seeks on numerous levels to work against tyranny, to empower its citizenry. The execution of these has been far from perfect, […]Read more "A shift into the dark?"