NPC Blog

Matt Bai on why candidates tend to ignore people-powered movements

Dec 07

In our pursuit to put local caucuses on the map, we approached the presidential campaigns and requested they get their supporters involved. Much to our surprise, at the time of this writing, none of the campaigns agreed to endorse the National Caucus concept.

We asked Matt Bai, the acclaimed national politics writer for The New York Times Magazine and author of "The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics" what he thought about why candidates and their campaigns tend to formally shy away from de-centralized, people-powered movements like that of the National Presidential Caucus.

Matt boiled it down to how "people keep trying to exercise their authority as voters, and party leaders keep trying to insulate themselves against rebellion."

After the jump -- read Matt's full response. It's well worth it.

TechPresident: "Very Cool"

Dec 05

This just in from TechPresident:

NPC is "a very cool exercise in democracy that is pushing to get all American citizens — not just those lucky enough to live in Iowa or New Hampshire — involved in the process of selecting our next president." Link

Another great proposal: The Spinney Plan

Dec 05

We'd like to introduce another great proposal to fix the current primary system -- a system more and more people believe is broken.

Introducing the Spinney Plan, from Massachusetts-based writer and political commentator Mike Spinney.

The "primary system has become a huge propaganda event for the conditioning the American public, repeating the lie that ours is but a two-party political system," writes Spinney on the revered political blog. "Worse, the scam is pulled off with such genius that taxpayers don’t even gripe over the fact that cost of the propaganda campaign is paid for out of their own pockets... I see the NPC as complementary to the Spinney Plan's voting system since NPC offers a national caucus that builds enthusiasm prior to and presages the results of a the structured, two-tiered primary that - were I in charge of national politics - we'd have adopted a long time ago."

You'd be well-served to read the "Spinney Plan" here. And definitely read Spinney's endorsement of the National Caucus on by clicking here.

NPC Video

Nov 30

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Endorsed: Craig Newmark -- the Craig of Craigslist!

Nov 30

From someone who really knows about the power of the Internet to help cause change and influence people's lives for the better.

"People are using the Internet to change the way we govern ourselves. The National Presidential Caucus can help people make a real difference, and that's never been more important than now." - Craig Newmark, customer service rep & founder, craigslist.

Thanks for the endorsement Craig!

8 days ...

Nov 30

We're entering the homestretch for the first-ever National Caucus on December 7th. People across the country are registering caucuses at a nice clip. This is amazing! Now's the time to email your friends and family to get them involved. Now is the time to call your local media to let them know what's going on. The NPC team working behind the scenes knows we can't do it alone -- and we're not too proud to ask for help ... so please help now. This is participatory democracy at its best. Join in -- and spread the word!

Straw Poll success!

Nov 12

Thanks to everyone who headed out into their neighborhoods on Friday night for the first National Straw Poll! We're still pulling together the data and results as it continues to come in from around the country, but there's one thing that we know already from what we've seen: this critical road-test proved the enormous potential for the National Presidential Caucus on December 7th.

2012 Reform (Videos)

Open Caucus Institute Introduction