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At the recent G7 Summit, President Joe Biden availed himself of the opportunity to rally America’s ally nations around the mission of preserving and promoting democracy in the face of a rising tide of authoritarianism around the globe.

In his speech to joint session of Congress last April, he similarly emphasized the urgency of strengthening, even saving, our besieged and increasingly fragile democracy at home. He underlined how current conditions have made it necessary to once again legitimate the concept of democracy itself:

“We have to prove democracy still works. That our government still works — and we can deliver…


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The current rift roiling the Republican Party has centered on the “Big Lie.” To be a Republican insider these days, the prevailing wisdom goes, one has to accept that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. If one doesn’t, one is sure to be shunned.

Put another way, the rift isn’t about the strength and substance of one’s conservative principles or advocacy for Republican policies — or even about a loyalty to Donald Trump’s policy agenda. Indeed, as has been pointed out, embattled Rep. …


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Republicans these days tend to complain about “woke” culture, referring pejoratively to an increasing attention to, awareness of, and concern about abiding injustices and inequities that have long structured American society.

Apparently, advocating for Black lives, believing transgender people deserve civil rights, or decrying and resisting assaults on American democracy in favor of minority rule somehow constitute unwelcome assaults on what Senator Marco Rubio (R-FLA) calls “traditional values.”


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A key rallying cry leading up to the American Revolution was, of course, “No taxation without representation!” The American colonies were paying taxes to the British crown while having no representation in British Parliament.

Last week’s explosive ProPublica report exposing how the wealthiest Americans have consistently avoided paying income taxes reveals just how severely the nation has betrayed this basic animating principle of the American Revolution. …


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After President Joe Biden earned the Democratic nomination to run for president, he seemed compelled to distinguish himself from his top competitor, Vermont Senator and self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders, and to disavow any connection to socialism.

“I beat the socialist,” Biden reminded the media. “That’s how I got elected. That’s how I got the nomination. Do I look like a socialist? Look at my career — my whole career. I am not a socialist.”

Biden, no doubt, was moving to protect himself from a label that still provokes anxiety, even fear and antipathy, in many Americans, albeit they may…


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For the past four years, Americans have experienced a political culture characterized by a complete lack of accountability.

Recent events may hold out some hope for a transformation of that culture.

Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for murdering George Floyd.

Dominion and Smartmatic are suing Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Fox News, and Mike Lindell for billions of dollars for spreading conspiracy theories about their voting machines.

Matt Gaetz is being investigated for possible sex-trafficking.

The Southern District of New York continues to investigate Donald Trump’s finances.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating election interference in…


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It’s raining racism in America, and we’re all getting soaked.

When it comes to barrage of voter suppression efforts afoot in state legislatures, we have Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court to thank for gutting the Voting Rights Act back in 2013.

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned us back then that this assault on the Voting Rights Act was “like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

It’s now storming. Currently over 250 bills in at least 43 states are designed to restrict voting rights.

Georgia’s recent legislation, obviously, has…


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2020 witnessed a record surge in gun sales. Last January two million guns were sold in America, an 80% increase and the third-highest monthly total on record.

When you stop to think about the enormous number of guns produced, bought, and sold in America, it should really be no surprise to anyone that gun violence is a deadly epidemic in our nation.

The National Rifle Association, its supporters, and second amendment fanatics (who typically don’t carefully read the second amendment) will, of course, continue to peddle the mantra, “Guns don’t kill people; people do.”

Maybe. But wouldn’t it be hard…


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Last January former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and eight other state officials were criminally charged for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis that accounted for at least 12 deaths and 80 people sickened. Of course, the full effects on the population from the lead poisoning the drinking water, resulting from changes in the infrastructure implemented by emergency managers to save money, cannot yet be fully assessed.

The crimes with which the eight were charged range from perjury to misconduct while in office to involuntary manslaughter. …


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Earlier this month Elon Musk surpassed Jeff Bezos for the title of wealthiest being on planet earth, as rising stock values swelled his net worth to $182 billion. Bezos topped out at a paltrier amount, a mere $181 billion. But that was mid-March. Who knows the status of this horse race now?

One fact we do know is that last Thursday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled against Musk’s anti-union behavior, citing Tesla for violating labor laws by retaliating against employees who supported unionization and by posting a tweet that threatened workers with a loss of stock options should…

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Professor of Literature, Political Economy enthusiast, Dad, always thinking about the optimal world

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