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The Worst of All Election Takes

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On November 9, 2018
Beto O’Rourke did better than any Texas Democratic candidate in a generation, coming within only a few points of defeating Ted Cruz, contributing serious coattails that threw Pete Sessions out of office and flipped several state legislature seats, building long-term Democratic infrastructure, etc. That’s amazing! But if you are Elaina Plott and you have access […]

Slavery, Post-1865

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On August 14, 2018

One of the biggest weaknesses of any constitutional amendment is that of the 13th Amendment, allowing for unpaid labor by prisoners. Whether its writers thought through the potential repercussions of

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Democracy’s Fragility

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On January 30, 2018
This story on a few racist teenagers creating havoc at Texas universities by spreading white supremacist propaganda reminds me of a point I have known for a long time: that democracy is incredibly fragile and it only takes a very small amount of people to destroy it. When those people are aided and abetted by […]
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As Charlie Pierce discusses, it’s maybe not such a great idea to not only have the nation’s 4th largest city, but also critical parts of the American infrastructure in an area that will be repeatedly annihilated by climate change-enhanced superstorms. Item: And this one may be my favorite, which is to say, the one that […]
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