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, […]

Human Rights and COVID-19

I am currently writing a review essay on the future of human rights but I started it prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and now I am finding myself scrambling to incorporate the avalanche of new issues the pandemic has brought for the future of human rights.  I feel like at this point I should just […]

Three Forces that Will Determine Our Future

In his book Four Futures, Peter Frase develops four future scenarios based on three structural forces that he believes will shape our political-economic system well into the future.  They are economic inequality, automation, and climate change.  I agree wholeheartedly that the future will be largely determined by the politics we develop to deal with these forces, and […]