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Political Theory

The Spirit of Activism: From Occupy Wall Street to a New Playbook for Revolution

Jaime Lubin | Posted 04.27.2016 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"People can't ignore my book," says Dr. Micah White, PhD. Well, people can, but once they've read the award-winning activist's innovative call-to-arms...

Behind the Mask of Purim: Review of Yoram Hazony's God & Politics in Esther

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 03.24.2016 | Books
Ashley Rindsberg

Purim is most closely associated with costumes, triangular pastries called Hamantaschen, and howls of hatred each time the name of the Jews' genocidal nemesis, Haman, is read from the Book of Esther.

Getting to Know Her: A Vital Introduction to Hannah Arendt

John Branch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
John Branch

To reduce Arendt herself, or this book, to a few bullet points is almost laughably inadequate in many respects, as will be apparent to anyone already acquainted with Arendt's life and work.

The Pope, Civic Studies and Public Work

Harry Boyte | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Civic studies is an emerging intellectual and civic movement focused on human agency and citizens as co-creators. As I argued recently civic studies shares with Pope Francis' climate encyclical and his recent speeches a strong emphasis on the problem of what Francis calls "the technocratic paradigm."

Attacks Against Bernie Sanders Have Reached New Depths

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To imply that Bernie Sanders' style of Democratic Socialism even stands on the same side of the political spectrum as the National Socialism of the Nazi Party shows not only a total misunderstanding of history and political theory, but more importantly, it underscores yet again the dog whistle politics of neo-conservatism.

Republicans Won't 'Go Libertarian' -- Here's Why

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The questionable premise, forwarded most recently by Robert Draper and Emily Ekins, is that the Republican Party could sweep up millennials, who are "socially liberal" and "economically conservative," by adopting a more libertarian message.

Teaching John Stuart Mill in Iran: A Conversation With Political Scientist Norman Finkelstein

Danny Postel | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Danny Postel

His students weren't the usual liberal-minded suspects--who represent a significant swath of Iran's educated classes, incidentally. He taught Mill to largely conservative-oriented students in an institution that cranks out apparatchiks for the Islamic Republic.

Football and the Ideal Republic

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 11.30.2013 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Studying the Constitution and the country's foundational documents can be very helpful. But so can be focusing on America's contemporary passion: football.

Doha, Plato and a Dangerous Poet

Lex Paulson | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Lex Paulson

Should the Obama administration rally to the cause of poetic freedom? Should our diplomats put the screws on the emirate of Qatar, our ally in Libya, purveyor of our petroleum, friendly host of UN climate negotiations and the 2022 World Cup?

Can America Be Great Again?

Alec Baldwin | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Alec Baldwin

America will never be great again under a Romney administration. It will be great for rich people, while everyone else will be asked to dial down their expectations of what it means to be an American, again.

When Politics Became Lethal

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
L. Steven Sieden

We don't need politics, politicians or any divisive organizations to govern or manage our affairs. What we do need is great administrators, but these are not elected positions.

Politics Is a Good Thing

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 05.20.2012 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

You may hate politics, but you need politics, unless you like having no voice in your own affairs.

Pluralists vs. Technocrats

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

For health reform to work, you have to restructure the current system so that there is a significant check on the industry's power. President Obama understands this. Too many of those working for him don't.

The Civics Lesson in the Aftermath of Prop. 8

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

For those wondering why the protests seem to persist after the passing of Prop. 8, from the political theorist perspective we may be witnessing a backlash to the tyranny of the majority.

McCain vs. McCain - When Strategic "Genius" is Mortal Blunder.

Chuck Spinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chuck Spinney

It will be interesting to see if Obama slyly eggs McCain into digging himself into an even deeper moral quagmire, as he did so cleverly with Hillary/Bill on the race issue.

Exclusive Interview: An M.I.T. And A Yale Professors' Cure For The Electoral College

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I had the chance recently to interview two professors in the field of statistics (from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology),...