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March 15, 2018
Has Liberal Democracy Failed?
The conservative thinker Patrick Deneen has published a book entitled Why Liberalism Failed. He's not...
January 25, 2017
China pushing Communism to replace failing Democracy
China says Western democracy has reached its limits and has started to deteriorate (alluding to...
November 03, 2016
Liberalism of the left & liberalism of the right
The well-regarded ethicist Stanley Hauerwas reviews a new book by John Milibank, of "radical orthodoxy"...
October 18, 2016
A rigged election?
Donald Trump is re-emphasizing his claim that if he doesn't get elected, that's because the...
July 18, 2016
Pro-democracy coup in Turkey fails
Turkey has a tradition of practicing a more moderate type of Islam with a more...
May 11, 2016
Plato on the course of democracy
As Andrew Sullivan reminds us, Plato predicted Donald Trump, down to his personality and lifestyle....
April 05, 2016
How the Founders tried to prevent a Donald Trump
If Republicans pull some convention maneuvering to prevent the nomination of Donald Trump, wouldn't that thwart the...
March 02, 2016
Voting for authoritarianism
Free and democratic societies, historically, come to an end when the people freely and democratically...
July 28, 2015
Original sin as the bedrock of democracy
More from Barton Swaim's Wall Street Journal review of Reinhold Niebuhr's Major Works in Religion...
April 27, 2015
Christopher Walker tells how authoritarian governments are trying to make themselves seem legitimate by constructing...
April 16, 2015
The dictator of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, died recently, to nearly universal praise in the...
March 19, 2015
President Obama appeared to endorse mandatory voting as a way to get money out of...
September 04, 2014
Is democracy for everybody?
American political theory tends to believe that democracy is based on universal human values and...
August 14, 2014
Are freedom and democracy obsolete?
The Prime Minister of Hungary has said what many people around the world have been...
November 05, 2013
The Civic Sacrament
Today is election day. Mostly up for grabs are local and state races. Voting has...
November 05, 2013
What to do about gerrymandered elections?
An issue for election day: One of the problems in our political system today is...
May 22, 2013
The Bible and Liberty
In the course of recounting an online argument, novelist Lars Walker gives an excellent account...
November 03, 2011
Beware of Greeks fearing gifts
The Greeks founded Europe, and now they may end it. And the vehicle for both...
April 19, 2011
Democracy rules, except when my guy doesn’t win
Nigeria elected a president, the incumbent, who received twice the votes of the other candidate. ...
March 16, 2011
Michigan considering suspension of democracy
Thanks to Kirk Anderson for putting me on to what is happening in Michigan, which...
January 14, 2011
Why democracy is in trouble
Herbert London, a conservative academic drawing on Plato and others, gives six reasons why he...
December 13, 2010
We have no cynicism
Kathleen Parker, writing about diplomatic fallout from the Wikileak documents, includes a poignant reaction: Writing...
August 19, 2010
What China must learn from America
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