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The Republican Party May Not Be Headed Toward the Demise Many Surmise

History shows that the GOP will probably survive Donald Trump; Ted Cruz once supported a ban on dildos; meanwhile, a New York Daily News writer argues vehemently against his paper’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Pope Francis Is an Honest Conservative, Not a Liberal

The positioning of the pope as a “liberal” or “progressive” in American politics is incorrect and indeed a little bizarre.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



The Plague of American Authoritarianism

It is too easy to believe in a binary logic that categorizes a country as either strictly authoritarian or strictly democratic, and leaves no room for the possibility of a mixture of the two. American politics today suggests a more updated if not different form of authoritarianism.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: Republicans & Democrats Have Shifted to the Right, and the GOP Is ‘Off the Spectrum’

Commenting on the current state of American politics, renowned linguist Noam Chomsky highlights just how conservative U.S. political parties have gotten.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Americans Need Leaders Who Understand Their Plight Instead of Denying It

Call it Empathy Deficit Disorder. Some Democrats have it, but the disorder seems especially widespread among Republicans.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE


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The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State

We are witnessing a reversion to tribalism around the world, away from nation states. The same pattern can be seen even in America—especially in American politics.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash Into Politics and Made Millions

For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE



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The Cheapening of American Politics: Why Did Obama Reward O’Reilly With an Interview?

President Obama subjected himself to an interview by Bill O’Reilly of Fox “News” on Sunday before the Super Bowl. Obviously, intellectually it was Obama Seahawks rolling over O’Reilly Broncos.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE


(Mis)Representations by Gerry Mander

“The Daily Show’s” Jason Jones discusses the “art” of gerrymandering with redistricting consultant Kimball Brace, a man who won’t stop drawing ludicrous new districts even after he’s run the country into the ground. The only thing left to do is honor this artist with a gallery exhibit that shows how he uses color to change the face of American politics.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Brothers

Stephen Kinzer tells the story of the Dulles brothers, who served as secretary of state and director of the CIA in the Eisenhower administration. It is a bracing, disturbing, and serious study of the exercise of American global power.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 28, 2013 ENLARGE



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The Violence of Organized Forgetting

America has become amnesiac—a country in which forms of historical, political, and moral forgetting are not only willfully practiced but celebrated.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


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Dutch Catholics Seek to Ditch a Homophobic Church

Many Dutch citizens are attempting to “de-baptize” themselves to protest Pope Benedict’s anti-gay marriage declarations; a national database of gun owners may have helped prevent the Newtown shooting; and although the media insist the president is giving in to the Republicans’ demands to make cuts to Social Security, Obama’s been trying to reduce it all along. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 READ MORE


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