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Rachel Hadas: Ancient Greece had extreme polarization and civil strife too – how Thucydides can help us understand Jan. 6 and its aftermath

The insights and objectivity of a historian who lived nearly 2,500 years ago can bolster our understanding of the country’s current plight.

January 24, 2023 · 4 Comments

Clarence Lusane: The Decline of Democracy

White Christian Nationalism now forms the basis of the Republican Party and is now targeting every facet of public life.

December 2, 2022 · 3 Comments

Robert Reich: This Election Is About Whether US Democracy Can Endure

My friends, we owe it to generations before us who fought and died for democracy and the rule of law, and to generations after us who will live with the legacy we leave them.

November 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: Hypocrisy is beneath them – political figures in the Trump era don’t bother concealing their misdeeds

There seems to be no sense of shame or its cousin, guilt, in our time.

November 1, 2022 · 3 Comments

Robert Reich: The riot that started the culture wars — May 8, 1970

The culture wars now ripping through American politics — especially noticeable in these last few weeks before the midterm elections, when Trump is trying to lay the groundwork for an authoritarian takeover — arguably began on May 8, 1970 in New York City. 

October 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Bennie Thompson Crusade

The closing remarks of Bennie Thompson were so pure in their simplicity and directness, I had to hold my breath.

October 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Matthew J. Parker: The Misplaced Paean to the South

Southern disdain for centralized authority is an extension of the post-Civil War rebellion against federal efforts to impart a level of equality upon the scarred backs of freed slaves.

October 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Democracy Under Attack | Confronting Mounting Threats to US Election Workers

The Justice Department last month disclosed its accounting of more than 1,000 threats to election officials in the past year, with more than 100 of them meeting the threshold for a federal criminal investigation.

September 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Jake Johnson: Demands for Clarence Thomas to Resign Follow New Details of Wife’s Election Scheming

Clarence Thomas heard election cases while his wife conspired to overthrow democracy.

September 5, 2022 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Life in Hell

On the coming climate wars

July 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

Jake Johnson: ‘I Don’t F—ing Care That They Have Weapons’: Trump Wanted Security to Let Armed Supporters March on Capitol

Hutchinson’s chilling testimony leaves no doubt: President Trump led a criminal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.

June 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Baron Wormser: Conspiracy and Character

Not so strangely, the events of January 6 have a Roman cast to them as a vengeful, self-styled emperor urges the plebeians to attack the Capitol

June 24, 2022 · 3 Comments

Thom Hartmann: These Trump-Led Seditionists Must Be Punished in Court—and at the Ballot Box

Sedition is the word for what we call—during times of war—treason. Trump and his Republican and media allies are in it up to their necks.

June 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Michael Luttig, Who Advised Pence’s Team in Lead-Up to Jan. 6, Speaks Out

In this expansive interview, former federal judge Michael Luttig says he believes America is in the midst of the first constitutional crisis in its history:“I believe that the Constitution never contemplated, and therefore didn’t provide for, process and mechanisms to withstand an attack on America and her democratic processes from within.”

June 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

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