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When conservatives become revolutionaries

When conservatives become revolutionaries

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersThe conservative intelligentsia keeps returning to authoritarianism.Back in June of last year, I wrote a about how the intellectual right was talking itself into tearing down American democracy. The occasion was a debate between David French, a social-conservative defender of the right to religious freedom enshrined in the First Amendment, and Sohrab Ahmari, a more stridently right-wing opinion journalist and editor who favors a politics actively devoted to re-ordering American life "to the common good and...

July 28, 2020
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The coming Republican power grab on the Supreme Court

The coming Republican power grab on the Supreme Court

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersWith a deadly pandemic rampaging across the country and the president to deploy armed federal agents to quash protests in numerous cities over the objection of local elected officials, it's understandable that there's been relatively little attention paid to the possibility that Republicans may soon attempt an unprecedented and dangerously antidemocratic power grab on the Supreme Court.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the high court's four liberals, was recently hospitalized with what was described as a...

July 24, 2020
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Trump declares war on America

Trump declares war on America

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersIs Trump a tyrant? Or does he justThe debate over these questions goes back to the earliest days of the Trump administration. Though I've gone back and forth during the past three and a half years, I've usually sided with the skeptics. Trump talks (and tweets) like an autocrat. He clearly would love to control the country like a dictator. He may well be preparing a sizable segment of the population for . But Trump himself is, if anything, an unusually weak president, with very few accomplishments, most of them...

July 22, 2020
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Why Trump can't make his anti-protest message stick

Why Trump can't make his anti-protest message stick

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersDonald Trump is a master of political demonization.In 2016, he successfully portrayed Hillary Clinton as a corrupt and criminal Washington insider who would continue with and expand on the failed policies of the bipartisan political establishment. In 2020, Trump's re-election effort had been hoping to push a similar message rooted in fear: "It's either me or a dangerous and deranged America-hating left."If you had told the Trump campaign six months ago that the summer leading up to Election Day would be dominated...

July 7, 2020
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