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A camouflaged dictatorship

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On June 15, 2021
Zack Beauchamp has a good summary of the evidence that America is trending toward what’s known in the political science literature as “competitive authoritarianism.” There are many kinds of authoritarian systems, and many ways to become one of them. In the United States, the threat that looms is a slide into what scholars call “competitive […]

The face of MAGA

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On June 15, 2021

Kraus has several driving while intoxicated and other traffic offenses on his criminal record in Minnesota dating back to 2007, according to online records viewed by Heavy. He was convicted of DWI twi

To Russia with love

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On June 11, 2021

That Trump has a pretty good shot at becoming president again three and a half years from now causes me to check the expiration date on my passport the way a poker player keeps checking a couple of go

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Taxes and the plutocracy

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On June 10, 2021
ProPublica scored quite a journalistic coup when somebody or bodies sent the organization many years’ worth of tax records of America’s wealthiest people. The whole report is here. A couple of comments: the information in these documents raises two related but distinct issues: (1) How much in the way of taxes do the Lords of […]

Federer and Osaka

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On June 8, 2021

This is a post about the contrast in the way two superstar tennis players were treated by the sport and the media after they each decided to withdraw from this year’s French Open. First some bac

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