Showing up and doing things for people is good politics

The American Prospect just published an interesting article from Alexander Sammon about the RNC setting up community centers in an attempt to court minority voters into the GOP fold. These community centers perform typical political party functions such as serving as a center for voter registration and mobilization, but they also make an explicit attempt […]

Democracy vs. Plutocracy in America

When I teach Introduction to American Politics I like to frame the course around the question of “How democratic is the United States”?  The text I use offers a fairly simple definition of democracy as popular sovereignty (or rule by the people) which is present in a polity when the values of political freedom, political equality, […]

Five Policies to Beat Populism

I am a big fan of the political economist Mark Blythe.  He recently gave a talk at my alma mater the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on, basically, how we got into this mess.  The mess being Trump, Brexit, and the rise of populism around the world.  You can watch the video here.  The whole talk is […]