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How California Turned Blue

Alternate title: California shows the way California used to be Republican. We gave the nation Nixon and Reagan. Republican candidates won CA in every presidential election between 1952 and 1988 except one: By 1990, CA demographics were changing, with growing Read more…


Good News & Bad News

Good news: Trump is losing. Bad news: He will up the ante on the racism, xenophobia, and hate. The white supremacists will get more desperate. In other words, things will get worse before the election. First, the good news: Here Read more…


Where We Are . . . and Where We’re Going.

Max Boot tweeted this: Yes.  If the Congressional Republicans performed their constitutional duty and acted as a check on presidential power, he’d be out by now. Instead they shield him while pushing through their agenda. This will prove to be Read more…


How to Make the Radical Right Less Dangerous

Professor Miller-Idriss (sociology and education) explains white supremacy and what drives the shooters in this C-Span interview. Psychologist Karen Stenner (author of the Authoritarian Dynamic) explains how to make them less dangerous. From Miller-Idriss: What we call white supremacy includes Read more…


Proud to be an Institutionalist

This is what a real witch hunt looks like: It’s also how the GOP hopes to play “whatabout,” undermine the Mueller probe, and attack and undermine democratic institutions.  Remember all those years of Whitewater, Bengahzi, and “her emails”? Once in Read more…


Trump Knows What He’s Doing

After yesterday’s thread on Trump’s techniques for destroying Democracy, a few people asked if Trump knows what he’s doing. It’s no accident that Trump is using the exact techniques Putin uses. First I’ll try to persuade you that Trump knows Read more…


How to take down Trump

Recently, in “Trump’s Parade v. Rule of Law,” I argued that current U.S. politics can be seen as a clash between Rule of Law and Charismatic Leader (definitions by Max Weber). Following Weber’s model, I suggested that the way to Read more…


Speech at the Santa Barbara Impeachment March, June 15, 2019

I was honored to be the guest speaker at yesterday’s Indivisible / Santa Barbara march. The video is here. Here is the text: We are here to make our voices heard. This is democracy at work. If you’re like me, Read more…


Saving Democracy through Anti-Hardball Tactics

Ideas in this thread are from Harvard history Prof. Steven Levitsky and Columbia Law Prof. David Pozen. On Mar. 26 Prof. Levitsky gave this lecture answering the question: Is American democracy in trouble? Spoiler: Yes—but there are ways to get Read more…


Strategies for Communication

I thought about this question: At first, it seemed the answer would be easy: List facts. Then, after Romney’s piece of absurdity, I realized the answer is a bit more complicated. It’s obvious from Romney’s comments (addressed here) that using Read more…