Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought

Mar 03, 2021

France appears to be living through a strange transitional period that could be described as the waning of the Fifth Republic. It contains no sense of what a sixth republic might look like or why it might even be necessary. But today’s republic, with its unique electoral system, has achieved a...

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up
Feb 23, 2021

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?
Feb 18, 2021

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

American Democracy: We Have Misread the Signs of the Coming Storm
Feb 11, 2021

American Democracy: We Have Misread the Signs of the Coming Storm

Trumpism After Trump: The Wrong Person at the Right Time?

Trumpism After Trump: The Wrong Person at the Right Time?

Feb 10, 2021

A few days before the Senate was due to vote on whether to proceed with the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on charges of inciting insurrection, an article in The Washington Post’s opinion pages boldly proclaimed that “Trumpism is American fascism.” Equating the...

America Is Not Done Yet

America Is Not Done Yet

Feb 02, 2021

Some of us have known for a long time that eventually the rest of the world would catch up with the lies at the core of America’s notion of itself. That we would be found out, exposed. Well, here we are. After decades of selling “democracy” at the point of a gun in other people’s lands,...

Will American Democracy Perish Like Rome’s?

Will American Democracy Perish Like Rome's?

Jan 28, 2021

A recent The Economist cover pictured the 46th US President Joe Biden in front of the White House with a cleaning mop. The lead, “Morning after in America,” projects that “The outlook for America looks grim, but that could quickly change.” The venerable publication proclaimed from its...

Conspiracy Pushers: QAnon’s Radical Unreality

Conspiracy Pushers: QAnon’s Radical Unreality

Jan 25, 2021

“Where we go one, we go all.” This tagline from the now infamous QAnon conspiracy has been seared into our hive minds since the insurrectionist events of January 6 on Capitol Hill. The question now becomes, where do Q’s followers go from here? Their “coming storm" prophesied that Donald...

Is US Democracy Still Exportable?

Is US Democracy Still Exportable?

Jan 22, 2021

On Inauguration Day 2021, the nation’s capital looked like it has just experienced a coup, not successfully survived one. Streets were blocked off, barricades were up, and armed police and National Guard were everywhere. The inauguration itself took place in front of a deliberately minimal crowd...

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Jan 21, 2021

Americans like to rate their presidents. In fact, presidential rankings have become something of a cottage industry in political science, ever since the eminent Harvard historian Arthur Schlesinger Sr. started the tradition in the late 1940s. In Germany, we don’t do that, at least not in a...

Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons

Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons

Jan 21, 2021

In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden endlessly insisted on the idea of “unity.” He repeated the word nine times. In the various media’s account of the event, commentators endlessly repeated a different word, one that Biden himself cited when he said: “This is our historic moment...

Donald Trump Proves That It’s the System, Stupid

Donald Trump Proves That It’s the System, Stupid

Jan 20, 2021

“It’s the economy, stupid,” a catchphrase coined in the 1990s by American political strategist James Carville, made George H. W. Bush — who won the First Gulf War for Americans — a one-term president, catapulting Bill Clinton into the White House. As Donald Trump’s one-term presidency...

What If America Doesn’t Recover From Trump?

What If America Doesn’t Recover From Trump?

Jan 20, 2021

With two-thirds of Republicans still believing that President Joe Biden’s election was fraudulent, the Republican Party faces what could prove to be an existential fork in the road. Does it double down on Trump and Trumpism at this juncture or does it reject his divisive legacy root and branch...

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?

Why Is Joe Biden’s Presidency Anathema to So Many US Catholics?

Jan 19, 2021

When I was growing up in Germany in the 1960s, during the holiday seasons, both Christmas and Easter, one of the highlights on television was the reruns of “Don Camillo and Peppone.” These are movies that involve the adventures of a Catholic priest and a communist mayor, taking place in a...

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