Basket of Deplorables: Crisis in American Federalism

by E. John Winner ___ The presidency of Donald Trump has revealed two truths, not merely inconvenient but tragic. These truths are only hinted at by pundits on the contemporary political scene, for they violate long inculcated beliefs and assumed norms that allow us to communicate and share living space – however uncomfortably – with... Continue Reading →

The New Abnormal

by Robert Gressis ___ I suspect that there’s a displaced desire for conflict animating a lot of political junkies: we can’t very well go and raid another tribe anymore, so we settle for destroying them in discourse. This is a rather preferable arrangement: both sides can leave a political debate telling themselves they have destroyed... Continue Reading →

Why Rational People End Up In Echo Chambers

By Daniel Tippens In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, many have been searching for explanations for his victory.  Some anti-Trumpers cite sexism or nation-wide xenophobia, a distaste for the establishment, and so on.  Some Trumpers point to a distaste for politically correct culture, dissatisfaction with the Obama administration’s economic policies, and Clinton’s email scandal.... Continue Reading →

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