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By John O. McGinnis

Profitable democracies all through history--from historic Athens to Britain at the cusp of the economic age--have used the know-how in their time to assemble details for larger governance. Our problem is not any various this present day, however it is extra pressing as the accelerating speed of technological switch creates possibly huge, immense hazards in addition to merits. Accelerating Democracy exhibits tips to adapt democracy to new details applied sciences which may increase political selection making and permit us to navigate the social rapids forward.

John O. McGinnis demonstrates how those new applied sciences mix to deal with an issue as outdated as democracy itself--how to aid voters higher evaluation the results in their political offerings. As society turned extra complicated within the 19th century, social making plans grew to become a top-down firm delegated to specialists and bureaucrats. this day, expertise more and more allows info to bubble up from lower than and clear out via extra dispersed and aggressive resources. McGinnis explains find out how to use fast-evolving info applied sciences to extra successfully examine earlier public coverage, carry unparalleled depth of scrutiny to present coverage proposals, and extra safely expect the result of destiny coverage. yet he argues that we will be able to accomplish that provided that executive retains velocity with technological swap. for example, it needs to revive federalism to allow various jurisdictions to check diverse regulations in order that their effects could be evaluated, and it needs to legalize details markets to allow humans to guess on what the results of a coverage should be even prior to that coverage is carried out.

Accelerating Democracy finds how we will in achieving a democracy that's expert by way of services and social-scientific wisdom whereas laying off the confidence and insularity of a technocracy.

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These statements describing Richard Nixon’s birth may seem unassuming, but were they factual? This excerpt appeared in Earl Mazo’s well-regarded biography, Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait (1959: 12) and illustrated an inherent hazard with the biographical coverage of Richard Milhous Nixon’s early days. Proceed with caution! Nixon was not the first child born in Yorba Linda and there was no solar eclipse in North America on January 10, 1913. This chapter will examine the biographical treatment of Richard Nixon’s pre-political years, 1913–1945.

At a time when the study of history and the people who made it is more vital than ever to help Americans put current problems in context, the production of massive, multi-volume biographies is unlikely to engage much of a readership outside the narrow spectrum of professional scholars. Ultimately, therefore, a highly desirable quality in future Nixon biography should be reasonable brevity. It must surely be possible to tell the story of his life and times in a single volume of fewer than five hundred pages without sacrificing essential analytic quality.

This chapter will examine the biographical treatment of Richard Nixon’s pre-political years, 1913–1945. The focus will be primarily on published biographies, memoirs, and historical accounts – with the exception of the first Nixon biography, which was never published. The research methods and types of resources utilized by the author are a key component of interest. The Early Works: Mistakes and Mythology Journalists wrote the first biographical accounts about Richard Nixon. They were skilled writers and seasoned experts at gathering information, but were not particularly concerned with attributing their sources.

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