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This is the grave of John Porter East. Born in 1931 in Springfield, Illinois, East went to Earlham College, where he played offensive line on the football team. After he graduated, he went into the Mariners and was commissioned as a lieutenant. But like FDR, East was the rare person to contract polio as an […]
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On April 1, 1929, textile workers at the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina went on strike. This strike was brutally suppressed by the mill owners who had moved production to the South precisely to avoid unionism and because they felt they could count on loyal politicians and law enforcement if workers did strike. The […]

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 […]

How Democracy Dies

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On December 15, 2016

The actions of the North Carolina Republicans are so reprehensible, it’s hard to believe it is happening in the United States. But of course Republicans have no actual respect for democracy, as

North Carolina

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On December 1, 2016

The biggest long-term threat of Trumpism is the end of democracy. That might sound like hyperbole, but it isn’t. All we have to do is look at the last several years in North Carolina, where Pat

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