Democracy is under assault. Vladimir Putin’s authoritarianism, ISIS terrorism, the nuclear threat from North Korea and Donald Trump’s populism are just a few examples of the forces challenging our societies.
Author Nancy MacLean has unearthed a stealth ideologue of the American right. Her book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, tells the story of...
According to famed anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, the central question of our times is whether we’re witnessing the worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some sort of populist authoritarianism.
When Donald Trump gave the commencement address at Liberty University this spring, he told the graduates that “America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers.”
While there is much to critique about the news media in this age of “post-truth” within a landscape dominated by a handful of media conglomerates, we need the press to hold our leaders and institutions accountable. Locally, when the occasion calls for it, we should laud the press.
Forecasting political unrest is a challenging task, especially in this era of post-truth and opinion polls.
Misleading but slick marketing names are just one hallmark of ALEC – the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council.
"Politicians should not be choosing their voters, voters should be choosing their politicians," said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause
Last Monday, the White House invited reporters in to watch what was billed as a meeting of Trump’s Cabinet. After Trump spoke, he asked each of the Cabinet members around the table to briefly comment.
Some observers are calling the recent events in Venezuela a transition to blatant dictatorship.
Nazis have taken over London – on screens at least. The BBC’s absorbing new series SS-GB, based on Len Deighton’s popular 1978 novel, imagines a world in which the Nazis have invaded and defeated Britain by 1941.
The racial inequalities afflicting Americans and our society today are in many ways a result of the result of spatial segregation.
The 2017 general election was a once-in-a-generation opportunity that the Tories fumbled and Labour exploited to remarkable effect.
What a mess. Just when you thought that the governing class could do no more to fail in their custodianship of Britain’s political settlement, it surprises us all. And let’s not forget the role of “the people” in creating the current impasse.
It’s very possible that, in 2017, Donald Trump will attempt to bring Russia back into the fold of civilised nations by lifting sanctions.
Sen. Bernie Sanders told thousands gathered here June 10 for the People’s Summit, that President Trump poses an unprecedented threat to democracy and to the very lives of 99 percent of the U.S. population.
Illinois is about to make voter registration automatic. The Senate and House have passed reform bills unanimously.
So now we know: the FBI has for months been investigating not only Russian interference in the US presidential election
Last November, Maine voters approved, by a slim majority, a ballot initiative to adopt a voting system called “instant runoff.”
Jeremy Blake nervously shuffled papers as he sat on the Newark, Ohio, city council dais. The room was packed; people were standing along the aisles and spilling into the hallway outside.
The back-and-forth has forced both candidates to raise their game. Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has made this Democratic primary the most substantive in my lifetime.The back-and-forth has forced both candidates to raise their game.
A crowning achievement of the historic March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, was pushing through the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Bernie is doing well but he can’t possibly win the nomination,” a friend told me for what seemed like the thousandth time, attaching an article from one of the nation’s leading newspapers showing how far behind Bernie remains in delegates.
The kid was not your typical feminist. Granted, he did stand out for a 20-something living in central Maine. In these parts, his male peers’ uniform tends to be Carhartts, work boots, a beard, and a woolen cap. This fellow slinked up to the microphone in skinny suit pants and a hipster jacket.
Young Americans don’t care much for political parties. According to the Pew Research Center, 48 percent of millennials (ages 18-33) identify as independents. That’s almost as many as identify as Democrats (28 percent) and Republicans (18 percent) put together.
The visit to Argentina by US president Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the coup in which the now-infamous military Junta seized power has opened up a lot of barely healed wounds.
The founding fathers minced no words about their distrust of the masses. Jefferson insisted, "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.”
The Flint water crisis and the sad story of Freddie Gray’s lead poisoning have catalyzed a broader discussion about lead poisoning in the United States. What are the risks? Who is most vulnerable? Who is responsible?
Next month the Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) will meet in Washington to decide how many people in the United States should have jobs. If that comment sounds overblown, then you need to do some more reading about the Federal Reserve Board.