Thom, like most political Liberals in the US, wears democracy on his sleeve as the Right does the Flag. Yet like most political Liberals in the US Thom does not dare define democracy because to do so forces the issue, which is a heresy in the US..., calling into question the moral legitimacy of the Constitution. Yet not to do so is to implicitly support a pseudo-democracy.
We see this in the way Liberals like Thom critique the 2000 election. They cannot blame the anti-democratic EC because to do so blames the Constitution and the Framers. In fact, a few months ago Thom said he found some value in the EC. So they blame Nader... or in Thom's case the Supreme Court.
Let's be clear, what the USSC did in 2000 was reprehensible. But in reality blocking the Florida recount just allowed that anti-democratic EC to do its dirty work. Yet Liberals instinctively avoid blaming the EC because to do so blames the Constitution… and who knows, maybe that antidemocratic formula might work for the Democrats next time. It did in 1992! I remember how many Dems hoped the EC might work in Kerry's favor even if he lost the popular vote in 04.
Looking at the summary of Thom's latest book at TruthOut, Thom again gives the Constitution a pass proposing a few democratic band-aids rather than real reforms. Thom seems to actually believe Progressives can work within the Democratic party and take it over as the radical Right seems to have done with the GOP. But without some real strategy for constitutional reform, what will happen is Progressives will forever be dragged back into the lesser of the evils trap… and 25-50-100 years from now… when demographic trends make the Constitution even more antidemocratic and more reform-proof… political Liberals like Thom will still be scratching their heads for a solution.
The solution Thom seems oblivious to is how we NOW begin to strategize to become modern multi-party democratic nation like most of the rest of the advanced industrial democracies!
As I suggested in a past post… without clarifying values there can be no vision and without a vision there can be no strategy. While I believe political Progressives get it, if policial Liberal ever hope to reform what is perhaps the most anti-democratic and reform-proof "democracy" on the planet… they need to revisit just what "government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed" means... and they need to start developing a 50 year plan to get there.