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The Daily Agenda for Sunday, November 4

Jim Burroway

November 4th, 2012



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i worked at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art at the time, and we hosted Mapplethorpe’s exhibition — as I recall, no protests, no police, no flap at all. But then, in the City of Clout, the “guardians of public morality” don’t have any.

It was a good show, too.

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The direct-democracy tools of the initiative, referendum and recall were all considered “progressive” when they began to appear in the US, around the turn of the last century.

They were adopted to thwart open and wholesale corruption in state legislatures.

In practice, however, they have been used almost exclusively for mischief. Think LaRouche, think Anita Bryant, and so many more.

With more than a century of poor examples at hand, and corruption still a norm in many places, we need to admit that these tools haven’t worked as intended, and rescind them.

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That Grier is very inspiring. As is her mother. The homosexual/lesbian line was hilarious and her support for her daughter is lovely to see, especially given the era.

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