Adam Eichen

Adam Eichen is the Campaigns Manager at Equal Citizens and co-author, with Frances Moore Lappé, of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want (Beacon Press, 2017). Follow him on Twitter: @AdamEichen

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Why Overturning Citizens United Isn’t Enough
Amidst all the other headline-grabbing pronouncements in Wednesday night’s debate, Hillary Clinton mentioned the importance of overturning Citizens United . While this is encouraging, focusing on Citizens United is not enough; our campaign finance system was broken well before 2010. If Clinton is...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Presidential Debate Missed the Biggest Issue
Despite liberals’ best efforts at self-reassurance and Donald Trump’s poor performance in the first debate, his anti-establishment messaging still holds great appeal for a large portion of our electorate. This is hardly news, but what’s the essential lesson for all of us? That most Americans feel...
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse—That Is the (Wrong) Question
Public figures and political organizations are wringing their hands: Do we publicly throw our weight behind a fear-mongering demagogue or do we suck it up and endorse a “career politician” who can’t seem to earn voters’ trust? But what if “endorsement” is a political red herring? “Endorsing”...
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Why Hope Has Power in This Gut-Wrenching Election Year
Hope about American politics is hard to come by. Disapproval ratings of both major-party candidates are higher than we’ve seen in decades. Millions are livid about Trump’s lies and let down by Hillary Clinton and her party’s now-exposed bashing of Bernie Sanders . All these responses seem to...
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Icelandic Pirate Party and the Search for a New Democracy
Inside a modernist warehouse alongside the ocean in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city, four men sit around a table discussing the country’s drug policies. A skull-and-crossbones flag adorns the wall and a cheap blow-up sword hangs over one door frame. Though they aren’t wearing eyepatches or...
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The Brexit Raises a New Issue For Hillary Clinton: The Democracy Deficit
How the (not so) United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union affects US politics is now a hot topic. Some suggest that the “Brexit” is a sign that an anti-immigration voter backlash is coming to the US. Others, like CNN pundit Van Jones, go so far as to suggest that the UK proved Donald...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Experiencing the Thrill of Democracy
Demanding that Congress remove big money’s stranglehold on our democracy and protect voting rights, we walked more than 100 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, DC this spring with Democracy Spring. The experience changed us. Our energy has never been higher. So what do we do now? Whatever the...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Five Takeaways From Democracy Spring
April 2016 was a turning point for democracy in the United States. Under the banner of Democracy Spring, thousands of Americans decided to fight back against a broken democratic system that represents only the wealthiest in society . They gathered in Washington, D.C. to march, rally, and risk...
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Democratic Hope in New York
We face a crisis in this country: A majority of young Americans have lost faith in our government. According to a 2015 Harvard poll , only 17% of 18-29 year olds trust Congress as an institution. Having spent three years as a student organizer, I’ve witnessed this political distrust first hand...
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Democracy Movement Is Here To Stay
SuperPACs and billionaires are bankrolling our elections, and as a result, most Americans have virtually no influence in our political system —a damning state of affairs for the world’s oldest surviving democracy. Yet, far from giving up, the American people are ready to take back their democracy...
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