When Truth No Longer Matters

September 04, 2021

An effective communicator with a questionable past builds a successful campaign as an outsider disinterested in everyday, run-of-the-mill politics. He smartly taps into the fears and anxieties of voters and projects himself as the only person who can fix the supposedly broken system. Despite...

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...

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...

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...

A Perspective on America’s Imperfect Democracy

January 11, 2021

It is a well-established fact that America, as it approaches its 245th birthday, is a divided nation. Red versus blue, conservative versus liberal, right versus left, black versus white, rich versus (a growing number of) poor, urban versus rural. Further divisions may be drawn along education,...

Why Education Is Democracy’s Best Bet

December 17, 2020

Joyce Appleby, a renowned historian of the Founding Fathers and republican ideology, wrote in her 2001 book "Inheriting the Revolution" that the first generation of Americans (1790-1830) believed a good education was a requirement for every responsible citizen. The majority of men, and notably a...

America Is No Longer One Nation

November 06, 2020

Another American election has come and gone. And, once again, enlightened pundits on both sides of the Atlantic are scratching their heads. How is it possible that some 70 million American voters would cast their vote for a boorish, incompetent, lying buffoon, a misogynist racist hypocrite, devoid...

It’s Time to Change America’s Electoral System

November 02, 2020

America’s electoral system is structurally deficient and badly damaged. Its elections are decentralized, underfunded and prone to manipulation. It fosters partisan election officials who routinely engage in gerrymandering and accommodates active voter suppression that includes judges and courts...

The Worst 100 Days Ever

April 28, 2017

Are Trump’s stumbles a brilliant ploy to “deconstruct the state,” a political performance or actual incompetence? If I were a Donald Trump supporter, I’d be furious at the coverage of the president’s first 100 days. The mainstream media have engaged in a bout of...

Democracy Check: Trump at 100 Days

April 28, 2017

An assessment of institutional democracy at the onset of the Trump administration. Since his election to the US presidency on November 8, 2016, there has been much discussion as to whether Donald Trump is a rising authoritarian strongman who will bring the downfall of liberal democracy in the...

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