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Minority rule is the opposite of democracy, but let’s not talk about how America is failing to be a democracy.

It’s weird that the Biden Administration is holding a virtual “Democracy Summit” this Wednesday and Thursday, with the leaders of about 100 countries expected to attend. For if democracy means majority rule, then the United States isn’t much of a democracy.

The U.S. Senate is split 50–50, but the fifty…

The Supreme Court seems a little bit shy about this perspective. I wonder why.

On December 1st, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The behavior of the justices at oral argument inspired a lot of panic about reproductive rights in the news. Most of the articles on the topic I’ve seen raise the question…

In which I am forced, once again, to set achievable goals

Two very adorable young boys (?), headed to a future full of mutually enabled sex crime.

Look: This is not the subject I want to be covering this morning. It is probably not the subject I ought to be covering this morning. Roe v. Wade is facing a direct challenge in the Supreme Court, it is likely to be formally overruled in the near future, people…

Recent ad hominem attacks reveal more about those threatened by open discussion of gender, race, and power within evangelicalism

Over the holiday weekend, and with evident spare time to be spent casting others as “false teachers,” one pastor (and then a drizzle of followers) took to social media to attack scholars such as Kristin Kobes Du Mez, and then sideswipe Beth Allison Barr, Jemar Tisby, Jacob Alan Cook, Samuel…

Both parties are making district maps that guarantee a win for anything but good ideas

Every ten years, we take a census of our population and where we live in the United States. Then the state legislatures use the results of the census to draw district lines for members of the House of Representatives, the state legislatures, and other jurisdictions for elections. For at least…

What it means for working people

A worn VHS copy of ‘Take This Job and Shove It,” a 1981 film.

Once upon a time, a terrible disease swept the lands, prompting a great wave of resignations as low-waged workers walked off the job, rejecting offers of pay raises that would have been unthinkably lavish just a few years earlier. Their bosses went nuts.

The former employers of these workers slammed…


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