The soft guardrails of democracy are no longer strong enough to stop our slow crawl toward autocracy.

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Leah Millis

When I started writing this early in the week, it was my intent to describe how Trump’s tenure as president would inevitably have consequences on our system of government, even long after his departure from the White House. What I didn’t anticipate was that we’d see those consequences much sooner and so viscerally.

It’s tempting to succumb to the eloquent speeches given by members of Congress just hours after a failed insurrection overran the seat of our federal government — that violence fails…


Why advocates should make the most of a Biden presidency

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Movement Politics

In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky wrote, “As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it and what we believe it should be.”

Alinsky was a veteran low-income community organizer with strong ties to leftist movements, and was famously tied to Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential run due to his work as a community organizer in…


How quickly we’ve forgotten the lessons of 2016

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Photo credit: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

In the span of just a week, Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have consumed our entire political discourse, and we’re bound to spend weeks if not months hearing reporters and members of Congress discuss the minute-by-minute exchanges between this administration and other parties involved. This myopic investigation is necessary, but it carries the risk — much like the reporting over Mueller’s findings — of normalizing Trump’s wrong-doings. Worse, it’s revealed the way the media’s impulses have scarcely changed since contributing to the political climate that allowed Trump to…


The Senate has outgrown its purpose. It’s time to bring it into the People’s House.

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Illustration by Max Löffler, The New Republic

It isn’t news to anyone that Mitch McConnell is a hypocrite. And he doesn’t care if you think so, because he’s still standing and still winning.

But his recent remarks at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, when asked what he’d do if a Supreme Court justice died next year, were remarkably blunt even by his own standards. “Oh we’d fill it”, he replied. …


How we build a media ecosystem that strengthens our democracy — rather than divides it from within.

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I. The Fourth Estate

In 1945, the Supreme Court heard a case claiming that the Associated Press had violated antitrust laws by prohibiting its member newspapers from sharing stories with nonmembers. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Hugo Black ruled against the AP, arguing, “The constitutional guarantee of a free press rests on the assumption that the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public, that a free press is a condition of a free society.”

Since…


How the Democratic Party Failed, and How We Come Back

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I. Ground Zero

In the months after Donald Trump’s stunning victory to become the President of the United States, the Democratic Party establishment seemed to take a variety of self assured positions as to why she lost. For the Clintons’ loyalist megadonor David Brock, it was just about everything. In a long winded effort to cope with the trauma, he lists the Comey letter, the media, Russia hackers, and “the millions of disaffected millennials who sat on their hands in the most consequential election of our lives and didn’t even…

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