Monthly Archives: November 2016

being young and evaluating democracy in 2016

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16The 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 twenties) considered … Continue reading

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what activist movements will look like in the Trump era

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12Dave Karpf has a great piece entitled, “Cyclical patterns in activist politics: what do we know about the politics of opposition”? Karpf argues that opposing a government looks very different from the “politics of articulation” (trying to develop and promote … Continue reading

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pluralist populism

Facebook103 Twitter0Total103The leaders of China, India, Russia, Turkey, Venezuela, and Hungary–plus the President Elect of the USA and major political actors in Britain, France, and Austria (among other countries)–are called “populists.” A populist in this sense is one who views The People as … Continue reading

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Trump’s rhetorical style and deliberation

Facebook41 Twitter0Total41Donald 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 the other hand’s,” or even “well, I think’s.” He … Continue reading

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Clinton’s support in historical context

Facebook44 Twitter0Total44Hillary Clinton is winning the popular vote, and I am seeing commentary to the effect that she has one of the largest vote counts ever received, at nearly 64 million. It’s true that only Obama beat that number (twice, … Continue reading

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CIRCLE’s full post-election analysis of the youth vote

Facebook17 Twitter0Total17(By the CIRCLE staff, cross-posted from Since Election Day, CIRCLE’s analysis has focused on whom young people voted for, how many voted, and which segments of the youth population cast their ballots—placing each in historical context by examining trends from recent elections. … Continue reading

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we need SPUD (scale, pluralism, unity, depth)

Facebook40 Twitter0Total40Whether you’re building a social movement, organization, network, or media platform, you should strive for SPUD: Scale: You need a lot of people. For instance, if your social movement is anti-Trump, it must include 55% of all voting Americans … Continue reading

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politics and the problem of evil

Facebook28 Twitter0Total28The appointment of Stephen Bannon poses the question of evil–certainly not for the first time in recent memory, but forcefully. This is a tricky topic because calling any idea or person “evil” implies a refusal to compromise, to consider agreeing, or … Continue reading

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to beat Trump, invest in organizing

Facebook109 Twitter0Total109To respond to Trump’s election, we must address who is organized, and how. Members of organizations are more likely to vote and to take the more costly actions that will be vital during the Trump years, such as protest and resistance. As a quick-and-dirty illustration, consider … Continue reading

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how to respond?

Facebook2.8K Twitter0Total2.8KI offer this flowchart in case it can help anyone to think about how to respond to the devastating results of the election. I am sure it is incomplete. Also, it doesn’t present stark alternatives: options can be combined. … Continue reading

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