In How Democracies Die, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt examine the fact that democracies increasingly die long, slow deaths at the hands of elected leaders (Hitler, Chavez, Erdogan) who subvert the very processes and institutions that brought them to power.
BEYOND THE LAW The President’s lawyers argued that the idea of removing a President for abuse of power is “a made up theory. . . newly invented [and] ill-defined.”
After getting roughed up in the north, he came south to see some old friends. They bucked him up. People Continue reading
FULL DISCLOSURE: I have no idea how to live well in the cultural and political morass that has emerged in America.
Which is exactly why you should not vote for him.
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.
The semester is less than two weeks away and I’m running out of time. I should be finishing syllabi, or Continue reading
I was in the 6th or 7th grade (1964?) when I asked Nana, who left Connemara in the 1920s, “Why did you come to America?”
“To eat,” she replied.