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should Democrats play constitutional hardball in 2019-20?

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14In How Democracies Die, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt use comparative evidence to argue that democracies rely on two “soft guardrails”: constitutional forbearance and mutual toleration.* Forbearance means that political actors refrain from using all the powers … Continue reading

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analyzing Donald Trump’s speech patterns

Facebook21 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 22Just before the 2016 presidential election, I wrote: Donald Trump’s speaking style is extraordinarily paratactic. That is, he utters declarative sentences without any of the explicit transitional words that can explain why sentences fit together. No “therefore’s,” “on … Continue reading

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Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Donald Trump’s popularity is really quite stable. For a while, it looked as if he was losing a point or so per month, but that trend has reversed. From the perspective of January 2018, the flatness of … Continue reading

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tools for the #resistance

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20I was in Eau Claire, WI, on Sunday and honored to present to a large group of active citizens convened by a local Indivisible chapter and other parts of the #resistance. I offered five tools for thinking … Continue reading

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new research on “civic deserts”

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33(Washington, DC) My colleagues Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Felicia Sullivan coined the phrase “civic deserts” to name places where there are few or no opportunities to be active and constructive participants in civic life. The analogy is to … Continue reading

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Arendt, freedom, Trump

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15This passage, from a previously unpublished 1966 or 1967 lecture by Hannah Arendt, is a rich text for the week of Independence Day while Donald Trump is president: The first elements of a political philosophy corresponding to … Continue reading

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psychoanalyzing presidents

Facebook7 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 7There’s lots of conversation right now about Donald Trump’s mental condition. It includes claims that he demonstrates narcissistic personality disorder and that changes in his speech patterns reveal cognitive decline. I [analyzed] his speech pattern from a particular … Continue reading

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the Hollowing Out of US Democracy

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2In lieu of an original post here today, I’ll link to a new post of mine on The Evidence Base, a group blog from CESR, the Center for Economic and Social Research at University of Southern California. … Continue reading

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two cheers for the West

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9The defeat of Marianne Le Pen is a victory for the European Union; and the EU is one of the structures built in the wake of World War II either directly or indirectly by the Western Allies in … Continue reading

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White racial resentment and the 2016 election

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10 Yesterday, I got to hear Michael Tesler present about his forthcoming book with John Sides and Lynn Vavreck: Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. I don’t want to give away … Continue reading

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