Death of an Autopsy – What Donald Trump Is Doing to the GOP

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Donald Trump won’t win the GOP nomination, but he has already left his mark. Every day he spends in the race makes it harder for serious candidates to make their arguments – and the more his antics are greeted with the approval of the recalcitrant Republican base, the shyer the moderates will get. Continue reading

Bullshit on the Stump: The Highs and Lows of US Politics

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Normally, I shy away from adult language; but from time to time it helps to dispense with formalities and, for the sake of clarity, call a spade a spade. Following the example of philosopher Harry Frankfurt, today’s post will focus on the high art of American political bullshit. Continue reading

Possible Grexit Highlights Europe’s Real Deficit

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There has been much talk over the last few years of Europe’s budgetary deficits and of its democratic deficit, but Europe’s more troubling deficit might be its constitutional deficit. Simply put, Europeans are not clear among themselves on how difficult decisions are to be made, how the pain for such decisions is to be shared, and, more basically, the nature of their mutual obligations. Continue reading

The Court’s Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t the End of the Line

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Last Friday, the Supreme Court handed down one of its most anticipated rulings. In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that gay people have a Constitutional right to marry and in so doing, marked a definitive inflection point in the country’s evolution on equal rights. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. Continue reading

Briefing the UK’s Election – and Why it Matters to Americans

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The 2016 election, it would seem, has been going on for years. In contrast, the British just managed to pull theirs off in a few short months. In a surprise, the Conservatives won a decisive victory – and there are good reasons for Americans to pay attention. Continue reading

The Electoral System is Broken, Time for Something Radical – Part II

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All the obvious pathways to electoral reform are dead ends – if anything meaningful is going to happen, it needs to happen in a new way. That way might be an effort to try something that hasn’t been tried since 1787: call a constitutional convention. Continue reading