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OK, let’s talk about gun control

Charles Richardson October 9, 2017

Stop worrying about the Second Amendment, and worry about the culture that treats violence as acceptable and makes guns seem like a good thing.

Understanding tribalism

Charles Richardson September 19, 2017

Recommending a survey article on tribalism in American politics.


Charles Richardson August 18, 2017 1 Comment

Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Oh dear, it’s North Korea again

Charles Richardson August 14, 2017 3 Comments

North Korea is staging its regular return to the headlines. Don't panic.

Can you get rid of presidential government?

Charles Richardson August 4, 2017 5 Comments

Events in Venezuela and the United States again cast doubt on the "separation of powers" constitutional model. Can it be reformed or replaced?

Yet another view of neoliberalism

Charles Richardson July 20, 2017 2 Comments

An American liberal's interpretation of "neoliberalism" explores the messaging strategy of the left.

Poland and populism

Charles Richardson July 17, 2017

Anti-government protests in Poland offer a window on the difference between liberals and conservatives, and also an opportunity to think about whether the authoritarian right deserves the label of "populist".

The war against Arab democracy

Charles Richardson July 3, 2017 3 Comments

The conflict with Qatar is fundamentally about the possibility of democracy in the Arab world. That's why Saudi and Trumpian autocrats are on the same side.

Georgia on their minds

Charles Richardson June 21, 2017 6 Comments

Republicans win an astronomically expensive Congressional race in Georgia, and almost lose the low-profile one in neighboring South Carolina.

Cartographical fun in North Carolina

Charles Richardson May 25, 2017 2 Comments

The US Supreme Court strikes a blow against gerrymandering but also exposes the depth of its own partisan divisions.