To the Michigan State University Board of Trustees: We at the MSU chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive public policy organization, are increasingly alarmed at the state of management at this university. In the past month, we have seen the Larry Nassar scandal dominate conversations internationally, nationally, and on campus. We have seen the … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
If you asked the students at my university to name their state representatives, many would be unable to do so. If you asked the students at my university to name one bill up for a vote in the next legislative session, most would be unable to do so. If you asked the students at my … Continue reading Majoritarian Democracy and the Paradox of Corruption
Democracy works best when all citizens have a say in the policies that govern us. However, there is a real sense of pessimism about our democracy, and our youngest voting age adults are among the most underrepresented in our politics. Especially in state and local elections, young people’s participation is incredibly low. In local elections for the East Lansing City Council in November 2015, the five precincts located on Michigan State University’s campus had a voter turnout rate of 1.15%.