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democracy



  • The Senate is a Long-Term Threat to Democracy

    by Thomas Zimmer

    The idea that the Senate is "the world's greatest deliberative body" is American exceptionalism that hides the undemocratic nature of the institution.


  • Patrick Henry and the Defense of Democracy

    by John A. Ragosta

    Patrick Henry has become a hero of the Tea Party and the January 6 insurrectionists. But his famous demand for liberty or death doesn't capture his personal commitments to liberty under the rule of law and acceptance of the outcomes of elections. 



  • The End of Democracy won't Look Like You Think It Will

    by Tom Nichols

    The authoritarian right isn't motivated or organized enough to create the kind of dystopia some fear. But federalism means that significant chunks of the Formerly-United States will turn the clock back to the late 1950s. 



  • Now or Never to Stop US Descent to Authoritarian Rule

    by Thomas Zimmer

    The Republican Party has operated on the core propositions that the Democratic opposition and its core constituencies are fundamentally illegitimate long before Donald Trump. Biden's victory shouldn't obscure how close they are to establishing permanent minority rule. 



  • Of Course the Federal Government Can Regulate Elections

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    The Constitution not only enables, but requires the federal government to act when state authority violates the principles of democracy, something President Harry Truman realized in 1946.



  • The State of Democracy: Jan. 22, 2022 (Feat. Carol Anderson)

    "One year after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, 92Y’s second annual State of Democracy Summit—co-presented with Aspen Digital—will explore the most important questions facing the country right now."



  • Secularism: The Essential, Fatally Weak Guardrail of Democracy

    by Jacques Berlinerblau

    The framers of the US Constitiution failed to build in the protections against religious belief overpowering the rights of others or the security of the state that Locke and other political theorists thought were urgently necessary. This oversight might imperil democracy.



  • The End of Mass Politics

    by Daniel Bessner

    "We are told, and we trust, that there are productive ways to channel our political desires, but in actuality this is simply not true."


  • A Year Later: Our Tattered and Fragile Democracy

    by James D. Zirin

    American political institutions face a crisis: can they defend themselves against a growing movement that will deploy violence to achieve its goals, or will January 6 become the new normal? 


  • Journalism is Under Siege in Hong Kong

    by Luwei Rose Luqiu

    The Hong Kong government's increasingly confrontational response to critical journalism is a troubling indicator of a willingness to engage in authoritarian restrictions of the press in the name of national security. 



  • When the Voter Fraud Myth Comes for You

    Sustaining the "big lie" that Trump was robbed of re-election requires small lies, including investigating and prosecuting individuals to sustain the myth of widespread cheating. This explains Texas's prosecution of Crystal Mason for casting a provisional ballot that was never even counted.