The next president should not arrive at the White House under the suspicion that his claim to office is illegitimate. Even without knowing the final recount in Florida, we do know that more than enough ballots to change the outcome were thrown out in Palm Beach County because of a confused ballot design and that many black voters claim to have been blocked from voting elsewhere in the state.
Let's say we decided to build a dam along a river. If we merely agreed to erect
a small barrier that the river would run around, flowing easily through new
channels and old ones, no one would celebrate our plan as a great achievement.
But that is how editorialists have hailed the Senate's passage of the
McCain-Feingold bill, despite the scant likelihood that the partial barriers it
erects will stem the flow of big money or seriously diminish its influence in
In Michael Mann's gripping new movie The Insider, the two central characters uphold the truth through acts of corporate disobediencethe moral equivalent of civil disobedience in an age when the threat to freedom so often comes from corporate rather than state power.
Not so long ago, employees of large corporations believed that if they did
their jobs well, they could count on working for the company for the rest of
their careers. The downsizings and reorganizations of recent years have
exploded that premise. Still, some remnants of the old beliefs linger on. Most
people assume that if they continue working for a company, they will at least
receive the same salary.
Now that premise is also giving way. Consider a practice that some
companies have lately adopted: bidding for your job.