Building Democracy Egypt, the Arab Spring, and What the West Forgot

The events in Egypt over the past weeks have been tragic, but they shouldn’t be surprising. What’s happening in Egypt today isn’t so different than what happened in Iraq a decade ago. Iraq exposed as fantasy the neo-conservative notion that you could export liberal democracy by exporting the formal institutions of the democratic state; Egypt is merely reaffirming that lesson. Continue reading

The Right to Privacy In the Constitution The Forgotten Ninth Amendment

In theory, the Constitution is valid from beginning to end. But in reality, we all know some parts of it are, to borrow Orwell’s famous phrase, more equal than others. Sometimes this is because certain provisions are so intricately tied … Continue reading

Holding Back the State At the Intersection of National Security and the Leviathan

Last Friday’s unscheduled post touched on some of the issues brought up by the recent revelations about the government’s enhanced surveillance programs. The news that the government has, for years, been collecting information on all of our email, phone calls, … Continue reading

What is a Moderate? The 'Fair and Balanced' Dilemma

In theory, everyone loves a moderate. Unfortunately, ask a handful of people to define a moderate and you’ll soon realize that it’s one of those words that gets thrown around by folks without ever being pinned down. Sure, there are … Continue reading

The First Challenge On the (Still) Radical Notion that People Should Govern Themselves

A lot of digital ink has been spilled over the sad state of affairs in Washington; namely, the inability of the two major parties to reach any sort of meaningful consensus on how to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges … Continue reading