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We typically consider elections as accountability devices, the time when people can rebuke those in power and replace them with someone else. The people ultimately decide. Less understood, elections are important instruments of government power and authority. In fact the chief reason elections exist at all is because they benefit governments. This interpretation allows us to think more clearly about the role of democratic institutions and citizen participation.
Typically we think about the right to vote as something won – something gained through protest and persistent pressure on government. Turns out, that is only a small part of the story. This post details the rest of the story.
It’s been called bipartisan for months. It now law. But is it really bipartisan?
Our political system deliberately prevents electoral majorities from dominating government. Is this democracy?
What is government? The answer can clarify how we see political affairs.
Biden calls for mandates and blames the unvaccinated minority. Sharp rhetoric, bold actions but politically risky.
Will Democrats eliminate the filibuster? No. And neither will Republicans. But, filibuster politics does demonstrate the old maxim, “where you sit is where you stand”
Two recent studies that offer intriguing data on political misinformation
Past measles outbreaks offer guide about our COVID-19 future.
After mass shooting involving members of congress, many people attributed blame to heated partisan rhetoric. Why? Does it matter?
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American vastly overestimate number of gun owners Washington Post
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Gun ownership used to be bipartisan, not anymore Washington Post
Inciting to Violence? Attributions for Political Violence have a Partisan Bent – Political Violence at a Glance