Category Archives: Trump

the virus, the election, and democratic theory

Facebook74 Twitter1Total75 [It] seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and … Continue reading

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the 2020 election in the shadow of the Iraq War

Facebook13 Twitter1Total14Polls usually show that foreign policy is a low-priority issue in US political campaigns. This year is no exception: asked to choose one priority, just 13 percent of prospective voters recently selected foreign policy. But I think the Iraq … Continue reading

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we are lucky with our right-wing authoritarian

Facebook32 Twitter1Total33(Washington, DC) At today’s Deliberative Democracy Consortium’s Research & Practice Meeting on “Deliberative Democracy and Human Cognition,” Shawn W. Rosenberg made a point that I have often considered but never expressed. Here is the background to the point: A … Continue reading

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considering censure

Facebook5 Twitter1Total6The question of the moment should not be what decision to reach in re Donald Trump. Justice is always best served by a process that generates evidence and permits a defense before any decision is reached. A process conducted … Continue reading

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on playing hardball with the shutdown

Facebook3 Twitter1Total4On the one hand … The recent shutdown and the threat of a second one result from the Democrats’ choices as well as Donald Trump’s. Nancy Pelosi could reflect that she previously supported legislation that expanded walls on the … Continue reading

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Brag, Cave and Crow: a contribution to game theory

Facebook9 Twitter1Total10Game theory models interactions by presenting the “players” as people (or organizations) who face choices, and the outcome as the result of how they each choose. In conflictual circumstances, the players can choose between the option that their opponent … Continue reading

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game theory and the shutdown

Facebook19 Twitter2Total21In game theory, you model a real-world situation by simplifying it to depict a finite group of “players” who are defined by preferences and choices. You predict outcomes based on how these players will choose. The structure of the … Continue reading

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churchgoing and Trump

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13The Democracy Fund’s Voter Study Group has released an important new paper by Emily Ekins entitled, “Religious Trump Voters: How Faith Moderates Attitudes about Immigration, Race, and Identity.” Ekins notes that Trump performed best in the 2016 GOP primaries … Continue reading

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postmodernism and Trump

Facebook14 Twitter0Total14In the Washington Post, Colby College English professor Aaron Hanlon argues that postmodernist theorists didn’t inspire or prepare the way for Donald Trump and other politicians who openly disparage truth. Rather, postmodernists lamented a world in which propaganda and … Continue reading

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how not to talk about The People

Facebook21 Twitter0Total21Maria Bartiromo (Fox News): As the commander-in-chief, as the president of this great country, what can you do to bring us together? Donald Trump: Our people are so incredible. …  Do you know, there’s probably never been a base … Continue reading

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