Autumn is typically election season in many parts of the world. It’s a tradition that began in Europe and the U.S. back when most people still lived on farms and could not excuse themselves for civic business until after the harvest was in. As democracy has spread, many newly emergent states have chosen to retain the patterns of the European states that previously governed them. That’s why this month’s election calendar is heavy on North American and European elections. Having finished the Republican Party nomination process at the end of August, the Democratic Party takes its turn in Charlotte, North Carolina, re-nominating President Obama for a run at a second term. Like its Republican counterpart, this convention will be more like an old-fashioned Southern church revival meeting than a political convention – a drama not meant to convert non-believers, but to rouse the faithful to a renewed level of energy.