Category Archives: Trump

considering censure

Facebook5 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 6The 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 … Continue reading

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on playing hardball with the shutdown

Facebook3 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 4On 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 … Continue reading

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Brag, Cave and Crow: a contribution to game theory

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10Game 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 … Continue reading

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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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