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2017 in review

January 2, 2018 3

A review of the big elections of the last year and the current state of the "populist" threat.

OK, let’s talk about gun control

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

September 19, 2017

Recommending a survey article on tribalism in American politics.


August 18, 2017 1

Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Oh dear, it’s North Korea again

August 14, 2017 3

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

Can you get rid of presidential government?

August 4, 2017 5

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

July 20, 2017 2

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

Poland and populism

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

July 3, 2017 3

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

June 21, 2017 6

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