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  • 6 May 2024
    Joseph P. Tomain, Sidney A. Shapiro

    The Necessary Mix

    Market favoritism has been aggressively supported for more than 50 years by the Right and adopted by many on the Left. The emphasis has been on the priority of markets over government for solution to policy problems and for enhancing political liberties. Our book, How Government Built America, flips the script by arguing the strength […]

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  • 29 Apr 2024
    Patrick J. Kenney, Kim L. Fridkin

    Choices in a Chaotic Campaign:  Looking Forward to the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election

    We write this blog knowing the 2024 presidential election will be a rematch of the 2020 contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.  We are not fully aware, though, how changes in the political landscape from 2020 to 2024 will alter how citizens make decisions at the ballot box.  In our book, Choices in a […]

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  • 25 Apr 2024
    Eric Grynaviski, Miles M. Evers

    America’s First Pacific Empire

    Beginning in the 1850s, the United States took its first, incautious steps toward developing an overseas empire in the Pacific. In the end, the empire would help defeat Japan during World War II. The bloodiest and most infamous battles of the Pacific War were fought on possessions gained by American imperialists. The first American shots […]

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  • 4 Dec 2023
    Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

    The Flawed Foundations of the Electoral College

    Central to our concept of democracy is counting all votes equally. Who would support an election rule in which we add up all the votes and declare the person who came in second the winner?  But that is exactly what can—and does—occur under the electoral college.  In 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016, and, arguably, 1960, the […]

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  • 12 Sep 2023
    James Bernard Murphy

    The Case for the Prophetic Office

    When we think of a prophet, we might well imagine a bearded and eccentric biblical seer delivering God’s judgment on his people. But the prophetic office did not end with the sealing of the biblical canon. Thomas Aquinas said that God would always raise up new prophets for the reform of the Church. Inspired by […]

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  • 24 Aug 2023
    Jacob Eisler

    Balancing Justice and Autonomy in Democratic Design

    As democracy across the globe faces new stresses and dramatic challenges, the power of the judiciary to reshape electoral procedure is increasingly important. Yet underlying any judicial intervention – for good or for ill – in how people rule themselves is a threshold question: why does the judiciary have authority over the essence of democracy […]

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  • 11 Aug 2023
    Waller R. Newell

    ARISTOTLE ON POLITICAL DEBATE

    It has been widely observed that in recent years political debate has degenerated into ever more aggressive partisan mudslinging and character assassination, with no room for a reasoned and non-rancorous discussion of competing alternatives in assessing the policy issues of the day.  This trend is only likely to intensify as we enter a Presidential election […]

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  • 21 Oct 2022
    Pouya Alimagham

    Iran Then and Now: What Similarities in Protests in 2009 and 2022 Demonstrate

    There is much speculation about what will be the outcome of the current protests underway in Iran. While it is impossible to predict the future, Iran’s recent history of social movement activity and the many similarities to previous uprisings shed some light on the possibilities. While the catalyst for each uprising is different—one was alleged […]

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