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Drum’s deficient democratic theory

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On October 25, 2020
Reading Drum’s disastrous posts while trying to plan a “Democratic Theory in the 20th and 21st century” syllabus for the Spring had me thinking about saying something about Drum’s implicit democratic theory and its shortcomings. Murc said a great deal of what I might have said with respect to the specific and concrete errors Drum […]

This won’t end well

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On August 4, 2020

Any attempt to have a college football season this year will very likely be a disaster due to the characteristics of the virus itself, along with our criminally negligent political leadership’s

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Householder arrested

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On July 21, 2020
Of the two states I spend my time in, I pay a lot more attention to Seattle/Washington politics than Dayton/Ohio, and as such I don’t have much commentary or insight to offer here, but this morning’s development seems momentous enough to warrant a thread. Federal officials arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and several others […]
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LGM Podcast: VP2

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On May 29, 2020
And now, part 2. In the rest of the interview, Chris and I discuss his new book, released just two weeks ago from Kansas University Press and available for purchase now, addressing the larger question of if/how/to what extent VP candidates influence the general election across the board. Do Running Mates Matter? The Influence of […]

LGM Podcast: VP 1

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On May 27, 2020

As we enter the period of wild speculation about a Presidential candidate’s VP choice and its electoral implications, it occurred to me that I’m fortunate to work right down the (now, trag

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Debt

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On February 16, 2020
Consider two forms of debt: Debt A totals around 1.6 trillion dollars, with the average debt in the 30-40 thousand dollar range. The level of A-debt in society has grown at substantial and alarming rates, more than doubling the past decade. Interest rates vary considerably, largely based on the point in time at which the […]

Samoa

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On December 1, 2019

It was probably inevitable that the success of the anti-vaccination movement would eventually lead to an outbreak with substantial casualties. It has now happened in Samoa, where 48 people so far have

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