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Things are… not good

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On June 28, 2018

I’m late to the rending of garments. It’s hard to escape the feeling that the United States has hit crisis point. But crises are not purely objective conditions. They are as much cultural

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I have a piece at the Washington Post’s PostEverything that tries to cut through some of the debate over Trump and authoritarianism. Those of you who follow this debate will quickly recognize my concerns. There are people who have an incentive to overhype the threat posed by Trump out of legitimate fears of democratic backsliding. There […]

Mr. Trump in Warsaw

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On July 6, 2017

If you imagine H.R. McMaster saying to Steve Miller, “fine, I’ll let you have your Fascism Lite™ stuff so long as the President affirms Article V and discusses Russian destabilization

Democratic Backsliding in the USA

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On December 23, 2016
In the United States, Political Science is conventionally divided into four major subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. These divisions lack strong intellectual justification. They are largely a matter of convention, historical accident, and training. Indeed, members of the latter three subfields sometimes like to snark that American Politics is just a glorified single-country study. Imagine […]

Lessons from Turkey

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On December 1, 2016

Over at my other digs, Kindred Winecoff is running a series called “World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism” (which, unfortunately, he’s decided requires an acronym). They

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