The Fringe Feeds a Familiar Narrative

February 12, 2021

Finally, it has come to pass in the land of the free and the home of the brave that the cancerous core of America’s Republican Party is in full metastasis, spreading its poisonous tentacles far into the body politic. There is so little substantive pushback from Republican Party “leadership”...

Will America Survive the Republican Zombie Apocalypse?

November 19, 2020

The 2017 film "Bushwick" begins like a lot of zombie flicks. An unsuspecting couple is walking through a subway station in the working-class neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn. The station is eerily empty. They hear gunfire outside. The boyfriend goes out to investigate, and you know...

The Rise and Fall of US Democracy

October 14, 2020

A functioning democracy requires an educated, informed population that understands its role in the processes that define how the democratic nation is governed. Ordinary citizens have two opportunities for actively participating in those processes. They can run for office or help those who are...

Republican Lawmakers Are Taking China to Court

April 23, 2020

In more halcyon days, back in 1964, at a time when most popular music in America was still about idealized romantic love, radio stations across the US broadcast the sonorous voice of Dean Martin intoning the lyrics of a song composed 20 years earlier: “You're nobody till somebody loves you, So...

Romney Breaks Ranks, Drawing Insults from Trump

October 07, 2019

Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a presidential candidate in 2012, has dared to defy the discipline of his party by criticizing US President Donald Trump’s actions and evident intentions revealed in his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump solicited Ukraine’s help in...

Who Can Beat Trump in 2020?

June 19, 2019

For Democrats, the issue of paramount importance is identifying the person best suited to defeating Trump in November 2020. The United States of America is facing a constitutional crisis of an unparalleled magnitude. The Founding Fathers of the nation wisely created the executive, judicial and...

Why Do Some Americans Vote for Sexual Predators?

October 04, 2018

This is not the first time we have seen Republican voters support a sexual predator. The Republican Party's relentless support for their Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, despite all the allegations of sexual assault against him and the public outrage around his confirmation hearing,...

The GOP Wants Trumpism, Just Without Trump

September 14, 2018

The anonymous op-ed is a call not for a coup within the administration, but rather for a schism within the Republican Party. The recent anonymous op-ed in The New York Times about the resistance to Trump within his own administration was supposed to reassure the American people. Don’t...

Who’s the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?

September 06, 2018

It was a sad acknowledgement of how sclerotic American politics had become that John McCain acquired the reputation of a maverick. John McCain was an American politician. That sums up his best and worst qualities. He was not a maverick. As a rather conventional politician, he wasn’t even...

How Democracies Die Around the World

August 15, 2018

How Democracies Die is less about preaching to the choir and more about encouraging voters to re-examine their thinking. The New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, provides a fascinating analysis of threats to democracy in comparative...

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