A 21st-Century Marshall Plan for Cyber Defense

October 12, 2021

The Republican Party is facing an existential crisis. Will their traditional base of small-government, low-tax party members endure, especially as they come under increasing attacks from, anti-immigrant, anti-science MAGA fundamentalists? Democrats face challenges of their own trying to figure...

In China, Cuba and Ohio, Reform and Inertia Go to Battle
August 12, 2021

In China, Cuba and Ohio, Reform and Inertia Go to Battle

We Are Not Worthless: Resentment, Misrecognition and Populist Mobilization
July 12, 2021

We Are Not Worthless: Resentment, Misrecognition and Populist Mobilization

America, the Stumbling Giant
July 08, 2021

America, the Stumbling Giant

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

March 19, 2021

Two months after the departure of Donald Trump, the world is seeking to understand the contours of the new administration’s still hesitating foreign policy. US President Joe Biden made a bold step forward this week when he vowed to pursue the fantasy of Russiagate, the Democratic equivalent of...

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

What Happened to the Emerging Democratic Majority?

February 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

February 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?

February 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

February 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?

January 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

January 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?

January 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...

Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons

Joe Biden’s Inaugural History Lessons

January 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

January 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...

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