Category Archives: Democracy and Rights

Guns and White Male Privilege

‘White Male Privilege’ and Other Themes of Gun Culture is the title of a recent post by James Fallows on his blog for The Atlantic.  He has been writing quite a number of pieces about guns in the U.S. featuring not only … Continue reading

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Repeal the Second Amendment

February 24, 2018 Bret Stephens has this one right: Repeal the Second Amendment. Americans who claim to be outraged by gun crimes should want to do something more than tinker at the margins of a legal regime that most of … Continue reading

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More on Fascism

February 12, 2018 One of my favorite correspondents — OK, my son Tommy — adds depth and corrective about fascism.  He writes: On this topic, I find Robert Paxton’s slim (~220p) The Anatomy of Fascism to be extremely helpful. Paxton is a … Continue reading

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What Is Fascism? Has It Bloomed in the U.S.?

February 7, 2018 Over the past few days, James Fallows has been musing about “the challenge of calling the Trump era by its proper name.”  He is especially wrestling with whether “fascism” is the proper term as, he notes, Dutch … Continue reading

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In a battle over basic norms, the press cannot be neutral

February 2, 2018 As we await the release of the Devin Nunes memo, my attention was drawn back to a piece Dave Roberts wrote on Vox back in May, 2017, titled “Donald Trump and the rise of tribal epistemology.”  Very … Continue reading

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Atlas of Redistricting

January 25, 2018 Here’s a marvelous resource from FiveThirtyEight.com: An Atlas of Redistricting.  (This is part of their Gerrymandering Project.)  It starts with the premise that gerrymandering is bad, but recognizes that drawing ‘fair’ or ‘reasonable’ electoral districts isn’t as … Continue reading

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End the Filibuster?

January 23, 2018 Donald Trump is calling for an end to the filibuster in the Senate.  His argument appears to be that it does not respect majority rule.  here’s the tweet. Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump FollowFollow @realDonaldTrump If Senate Republicans don’t … Continue reading

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