Calcified Democracy

A deep dive into why our politics are so broken.

NFL and College Football Going Head to Head

The most popular television product is running out of room to expand.

Loretta Lynn, 1932-2022

A country music icon is gone at 90.

QEII and the Empire

How much blame did the 70-year constitutional monarch share?

Anti-Zionism Isn’t Anti-Semitism

Many young, progressive Jews are feeling unwelcome in young, progressive circles.

Bill Russell, 1934-2022

The iconic basketball player, coach, and civil rights leader is gone at 88.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Taking Notes on a Criminal Conspiracy

The Proud Boys, Trump family, and Alex Jones all filmed documentaries of their actions leading up to January 6.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

Riot (or Worse) Thwarted in Idaho

A group of extremists are stopped from instigating a riot.

Time for a New Generation to Lead?

The Silents and Boomers have been in charge too long.

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Why America Can’t Build

Are we too regulated for our own good?

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

We know a lot less about the motives of spree killers than the public discourse suggests.

Neal Adams, 1941-2022

The legendary comic book artist is gone at 80.

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Presidents Aren’t Magicians

We expect far more from the Oval Office than is reasonable.

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CRT? Tired. Groomers? Wired!

The latest strategic moral panic from the far right

More Details On 7 Hours “Missing” From 1/6 White House Phone Logs

They’re not missing and that points to a systemic issue

Merriman Smith ‘Canceled’ Posthumously

A man most have never heard of is being reassessed more than a half-century after his death.

Sidney Poitier, 1927-2022

A pioneering Black actor is gone at 94.

Mayberry and White America

When life doesn’t imitate art.

Harry Reid, 1939-2021

The longtime Senate leader is gone at 82.

Bob Dole, 1923-2021

The longtime Senator and Vice Presidential and Presidential nominee is gone at 98.

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The College Admissions Rat Race

An interesting argument, albeit about a tiny and vastly over-discussed segment.

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

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Trump, the GOP, and Stochastic Terrorism

A conversation in two parts.

Max Cleland, 1942-2021

The Vietnam War hero and one-term Georgia Senator has died at 79.

Evangelical Politics in the Time of Polarization and Covid

A piece in The Atlantic inspires thoughts.

The Psychology of Internet Fame

Our brains are wired to seek approval but may not be equipped to handle our modern existence.

Donald Rumsfeld, 1932-2021

He was both the youngest and oldest man to run the Pentagon.

Book Review: Kill Switch

Discussing the filibuster.

G. Gordon Liddy, 1930-2021

The Watergate conspirator, author, and talk show host was 90.

Culture Clash at the New York Times

America’s Newspaper of Record needs to figure out what it wants to be.

More on the Evolution of US Party Politics

Specifically: the former confederacy and Democratic dominance.

Fantasies of a Post-Trump Republican Party

The GOP will almost certainly survive. But in what form?

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Two Crazy Aspects of Trump’s Fraud Allegations

Granted, there are more than two. But from a political science/political history POV, these two stick out in my mind.

Charley Pride Dead at 87

A country music legend is yet another victim of COVID.

Non-Violent Protests

At what point does a demonstration become something else?

John Lewis Dead at 80

A civil rights legend has passed.

Conspiracy Theories Are Not Funny

Conspiracy theories are poisoning the United States. That’s no joke.

Is the Death Penalty Unconstitutional?

Dissenters to a denied emergency appeal argue it is.

Charlie Daniels Dead at 83

The Country Music Hall of Famer is gone.

Why Republicans like the Filibuster

It creates a veto gate that they are almost guaranteed to control when they need it.

After the Protests: What Then?

How to translate understandable frustration at injustice into tangible reform?

Thinking about the Injustice that Feeds the Flame

The evidence is clear. Injustice feeds rage and rage sometimes boils over.

Do Violent Protests Get Results?

If the goal is to change politics, not just vent frustration, messaging is important.

Twitter Flags Trump for ‘Glorifying Violence’

The President is sending a terrible message.

Is Partisanship a “What” or a “Why”?

The conversation continues. (Warning: it is over 3000 words).

South Carolina Debate Was Terrible

CBS did a lousy job.

René Auberjonois, Benson and Star Trek Actor, Dead At 79

René Auberjonois, a long time character actor best known for his roles on Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space NIne, has died at 79.