Category Archives: 2016 election

what it means that people prefer a businessman to a politician for president

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11The contrast between Donald Trump the businessman and Hillary Clinton the politician has been underplayed (although not entirely overlooked) as an explanation of the 2016 election. I don’t interpret Americans’ admiration for business leaders as a preference for … Continue reading

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the hollowing out of US democracy

Facebook21 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 21How could a celebrity with no governing experience and no grassroots infrastructure alienate and offend an outright majority of Americans, adopt positions far from the mainstream, and yet become our president?* I argue that the underlying reason is … Continue reading

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responding to the deep story of Trump voters

Facebook40 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 40(Washington, DC) This is Arlie Russell Hochschild’s now-famous “deep story” of Louisiana Tea Party supporters, their “account of life as it feels to them.” It’s become famous because it’s also the “deep story” of at least some … Continue reading

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the Democrats and religious Americans

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12In The Atlantic just before the New Year, Michael Wear–an evangelical who helped Barack Obama with “faith outreach”–offered a critical assessment of the Democrats’ relationships with Evangelicals, 81% of whom supported Trump in 2016. Wear argued that it is a civic … Continue reading

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why the global turn to authoritarian ethnonationalism?

Facebook34 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 34It seems impossible to explain why Donald Trump won the 2016 election. For one thing, he lost the popular vote. Besides, a single election is an “n” of one with numerous contingent circumstances, in this case including the FBI’s last-minute … Continue reading

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winter break

Facebook110 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 110As friends know, I’ve been blogging almost daily here since Jan. 8, 2003 (with 3,313 posts so far). I usually try to rotate among political analysis, social theory, and some cultural commentary. While I expected Clinton to win … Continue reading

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the bright side of one-party government: accountability

Facebook27 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 27Here’s an excerpt of Sarah Kliff’s interview with Debbie Mills, a Trump voter: Are you surprised how much Republicans are talking about repeal [of Obamacare]? No. Did you expect — do you think they’ll do it, or … Continue reading

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prospects for civic media after 2016

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice is a new book edited by Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis. I contributed the introductory chapter, “Democracy in the Digital Age.” On Nov. 16, I joined Eric, Paul, Ethan Zuckerman (MIT), Colin Rhinesmith (Simmons), Beth Coleman … Continue reading

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should civic educators modify their neutral stance?

Facebook99 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 99(Washington, DC) I’m here for the National Council for the Social Studies annual convention. Right after the election, the NCSS sent a “post-election message” that talked generally about the importance of teaching about government and civic engagement: As social studies educators, … Continue reading

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being young and evaluating democracy in 2016

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16The claim that support for democracy is falling in most countries–and falling quickest among the young–has caused much consternation this week. One datapoint that supports this argument: “In 2011, 24 percent of U.S. millennials (then in their late teens or early … Continue reading

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