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politics


  • The American Left Needs a Contemporary Thad Stevens

    by Van Gosse

    Protest, “resistance,” and speaking truth to power are no longer enough. Leftists need to think about how to wield power in our complex political system and Thad Stevens offers a valuable blueprint. 


  • We Need a Unifier in 2020

    by Walter G. Moss

    Many of America's enlightened leaders have advised against divisive politics. In 2020, we would do well to remember that.



  • Who Owns Theodore Roosevelt?

    by Clay Risen

    From Elizabeth Warren to Mike Pence, politicians want to claim America’s 26th president as their inspiration. They might want to reconsider.



  • When the American right loved Mexico

    by Mario Del Pero and Vanni Pettinà

    Back when conservatives exalted free markets, our neighbor to the south was a vital ally.


  • Billionaires and American Politics

    by Lawrence Wittner

    Big money politics in America has always existed, but the influence of billionaires has become increasingly influential in recent years.



  • The President Didn't Always Have Power Over Trade Deals

    by William Hauk

    Until the 1930s, it was Congress that set the terms of U.S. trade negotiations with other countries and raised and lowered tariffs as it saw fit, while the president did little but sign his name.



  • The False Narratives of the Fall of Rome Mapped Onto America

    by Sarah E. Bond

    It is disturbing to see how gravely inaccurate 19th-century depictions of the destruction of Rome are used to illustrate news stories today, particularly those that draw parallels between Rome and the United States.


  • The 2020 Election and Presidential Age

    by Ronald L. Feinman

    We could have the oldest President in American history at inauguration with Sanders, Biden or Warren, or the youngest President in American history with Buttigieg, Gabbard, Swalwell or Moulton.