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PozycjaAmerica, Democracy, and the Role of Elections(Oficyna Wydawnicza AFM, 2008) Daviet, Aaron"Elections are the central institution of democratic representative governments. Why? Because, in a democracy, the authority of the government derives solely from the consent of the governed. The principal mechanism for translating that consent into governmental authority is the holding of free and fair elections. – This according to the U.S. Department of State publication What is democracy? Elections, combined with strong democratic institutions, rule of law, and a civic culture, make democracies work. These elections will have an opportunity to add a historic chapter in America’s democratic tradition. After giving a brief background on some of the vagaries of American politics, I will highlight two interesting trends, Internet influence and changing voting patterns, and will attempt to put the upcoming election in its historical context."(...) PozycjaBuilding better than they knew: John Courtney Murray’s american, catholic view of the true foundation of our country(Oficyna Wydawnicza AFM, 2009) Lawler, Peter Augustine"John Courtney Murray (1904–1967) was a member of the Society of Jesus. He taught at the Jesuit theologiate in Woodstock, Maryland and was editor of the Jesuit journal Theological Studies from 1941 until his death. He became a leading American public figure – the subject of a 1960 Time cover story. He was known mainly for his work on the relationships between the Catholic Church and America’s country’s political life, his interpretation of the American view of religious liberty, and his resolutely Catholic view of the true ground of that liberty. His affirmation of the basic continuity between the Catholic and the American views of human nature and human liberty led to tensions with and even his silencing by the Vatican Curia, but something like his view of religious liberty was affirmed by the Second Vatican Council. "(...)