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After Trump, Prepare for the Shame: A Warning for Americans From Occupied France

[Also published at Medium.] With the Liberation of France in 1944 came a miraculous discovery: the entire nation had resisted the German occupation. “Paris liberated! Liberated by itself, liberated by its people with the help of the French armies, with the … Continue reading

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Will you just “wait and see?”

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Have you ever wondered whether you would speak up if democracy came under attack, as it did in Europe in the 1930’s and 40’s? That question is being answered now. Are you speaking up? Or are … Continue reading

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America Is A Creed, Not a Tribe — And Too Few Americans Know Why That Matters

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Donald Trump’s recent speech in Poland sent chills down the spines of people around the world who believe in small l, small d liberal democracy. Notably this part: We must work together to confront forces, whether … Continue reading

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It Isn’t Just Trump: The Roots Of Democracy’s Crisis Are Many and Deep

[Also published at Huffington Post.] I’ll soon be taking part in a panel discussion on the crisis of democracy. In preparation, I started a list of answers to the question, “How did we get here?” I was amazed at how fast … Continue reading

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Putin Wins Simply by Showing That a Clown Can Be Elected President of the United States

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Is our next president a Russian agent? Because of Donald Trump’s relentless shilling for Vladimir Putin, that once unthinkable question is being asked seriously by major news outlets. To at least some degree, the answer, … Continue reading

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The 2 Reasons This Is the 1 Time We Needed the Electoral College

(Also published at Huffington Post.) I could hardly have been more shocked and disappointed that Donald Trump won the election. But I strongly opposed the idea of the Electoral College overturning the results. Certainly Trump seemed to fail the fundamental … Continue reading

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Should Real News Be a Utility, Like Water and Electricity?

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Like people in towns across America, I’m watching my local newspapers die. Every few months, it seems, they lay off more staff, while announcing a new digital initiative that’s somehow supposed to make up for … Continue reading

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