As the US election fever built in the media, on August 29, 2012 the Center for Global Justice held a discussion that went beyond the horserace coverage and the attack ads. The panel examined some of the broader questions affecting our quadrennial spectacle. Why do some sectors of the electorate vote against their own interests? What difference does it make which party wins in November? What can be done to save our disappearing middle class? What can we do to change the sorry state of public affairs? Our three panelists were Peter Weisberg, social philosopher Cliff DuRand, and John Mason.