Aurelian Craiutu and Constantine Vassiliou have an excellent article articulating, defending, and pleading for us to turn from a politics of warfare to a politics of moderation. As Craiutu and Vassiliou argue, for both sides politics has become a zero-sum game in which they either win completely or the other side wins completely. This explains why presidential elections have become so important. We think the defeat of the other side in a presidential election is a matter of life or death. They attribute part of the problem to social media: “There is a significant difference between executing an idea and … Continue reading A Defense of Moderation
Watch this Webinar with Benjamin Kleinerman and Tom Merrill about Lincoln’s Lyceum Address especially as it relates to the events of January 6th. Continue reading Sustaining Political Community in the Face of Violence
As we assess the significance of the January 6 Capitol assault and prepare for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, many commentators have compared recent events to Reconstruction, the post-Civil War period when political divisions between North and South were resolved through northern acquiescence to white supremacy, disfranchisement and segregation. Continue reading Lincoln to Biden: Stand Firm, by Frederick E. Hoxie
The recent insurrectionary riot at the Capitol has elicited dire warnings that our democracy is in peril. Continue reading Exorcising the Mobocratic Spirit, by Matthew S. Brogdon
All republics need built-in safeguards against would-be tyrants.
President Trump has eroded some of those safeguards in th Continue reading Make Public Office Unappealing Again
One hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidency is his propensity to circulate conspiracy theories. But while Trump has raised conspiracy mongering to an art form, it is important to note that this practice became a feature of the American presidency in … Continue reading Presidential Conspiracy Mongers