Modi’s BJP Lost to Mamata’s TMC Because of Bengali DNA

Jun 14, 2021

In early May, the eastern Indian state of West Bengal went to the polls. The state elections attracted global attention. The BBC’s analysis of the election was headlined, “West Bengal Election: Modi Loses a Battle in the 'War for Indian Democracy.’” Such attention to a state election is...

Will France’s 2022 Election Become a Political Volcano?
May 04, 2021

Will France’s 2022 Election Become a Political Volcano?

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza
Mar 19, 2021

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought
Mar 03, 2021

Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

Feb 23, 2021

If not for the familiar awkwardness of social distancing rules, the scene at the digital party conference of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) would have been fit for a daytime game show. With the theme from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” playing in the background and the CDU's...

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

Feb 18, 2021

In November of last year, Donald Trump lost the presidential election with the highest number of votes for a Republican candidate ever and the second-highest for a presidential candidate. Only Joe Biden did better. Trump also managed to garner the second-highest share of the non-white vote, 26%....

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

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

Feb 11, 2021

The January 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election has left many of us pondering the future of democracy in the United States. The symbol of American democracy withstood the onslaught this time, but the...

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...

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