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game theory and the shutdown

Facebook19 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 20In 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 … Continue reading

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churchgoing and Trump

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13The 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 … Continue reading

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postmodernism and Trump

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14In 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 … Continue reading

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how not to talk about The People

Facebook21 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 21Maria 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 … Continue reading

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the prospects for an evangelical turn against Trump

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16Not long after Donald Trump’s inauguration, I met with a conservative evangelical pastor near his church in a small city in one of the most conservative of the Southern states. He told me how deeply he despised … Continue reading

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Trump at the confluence of populism, chauvinism, and celebrity

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5Donald Trump says many things. Some are innocuous and banal. Quite a few are inconsistent. And some provide evidence that he belongs in these three categories: A “populist” in the particular sense proposed by Jan-Werner Müller. (I … Continue reading

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Sinclair and Bezos: media ownership and media bias

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6These two stories ran on the same page of the print New York Times on April 2: “Sinclair Videos Renew Debate Over Media Ownership” and “To Trump, It’s the ‘Amazon Washington Post.’ To Its Editor, That’s Baloney.” … Continue reading

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the emperor’s new wall

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 Great briefing this afternoon on the start of our Southern Border WALL! pic.twitter.com/pmCNoxxlkH — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018 Donald Trump says that his border wall is being built; yesterday, he even tweeted pictures … Continue reading

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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 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 21Just 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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