Political Issues


Brookings Report: The Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy

For those who believe in liberal democracy, it is sobering to review the events of the past quarter-century. Twenty-five years ago, liberal democracy was on the march. The Berlin Wall had fallen…

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The Atlantic: What is a Populist?

Why does Donald Trump exaggerate the size of his inauguration crowd, brag about his election win in conversations with world leaders, and claim without evidence that voter fraud may have cost him the popular vote? Why does he dismiss protesters…

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The Atlantic: What Populists Do to Democracies

Ultimately, we identified 46 populist leaders or political parties that have been in power across 33 democratic countries between 1990 and today, giving us the ability to settle the theoretical debate…

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How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’

WASHINGTON — Yascha Mounk is used to being the most pessimistic person in the room. Mr. Mounk, a lecturer in government at Harvard, has spent the past few years challenging one of the bedrock…

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When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History

The 70th anniversary wasn't noticed in the United States, and was barely reported in the corporate media. But the Germans remembered well that fateful day seventy years ago - February 27, 1933. They…



The Coddling of the American Mind

Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects…


A Look at Civics Education in the United States

Civic knowledge and public engagement are at an all-time low. A 2016 survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only 26 percent of Americans can name all three branches of…


Creative, Humanistic, and Pragmatic: Liberal Education in America

The news about the American education system has been bleak of late —from elementary schools that seem “designed to fail” to for-profit…

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Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America

The Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy's groundbreaking report, “Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America,” puts forward solutions for the sharp decline in trust in…