Suddenly, the world abounds in “inflection points.” What had been the preserve of mathematicians spread to the world of business Continue reading
It feels like we’ve been beating our heads for years against that stone-hearted relic called the General Assembly, just trying to get justice to flow.
“For a demagogue who feels besieged by critics and shackled by democratic institutions, crises open a window of opportunity to silence critics and weaken rivals.”
Levitsky and Ziblatt, How Democracies Die.
After getting roughed up in the north, he came south to see some old friends. They bucked him up. People Continue reading
One hundred years ago, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. first explained that mass democracies are free markets of political ideas. Don’t let the government suppress dissent, he argued, even in time of war. Only a free marketplace can sift good policies from bad.
On May 23rd, during the Citizens’ Participation portion of the Charleston City Council meeting, members of the Charleston Area Justice Continue reading
[This op-ed appeared last week in Charleston’s Post & Courier.] It’s gut-check time for Republicans. Are they the party Donald Trump Continue reading
People like Nikki Haley and Lindsay Graham tell us that the battles are over. The New South has thoroughly taken root and flourished, like a gigantic live oak, and we all enjoy its shade, sipping sweet tea together. There is no New Jim Crow.