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“Bamboozlement” and “Down-right Fraud”

In 1915, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) delivered a harsh verdict on the politics of his time which applies even more forcefully to our political culture in 2018. Mencken said politics had become an “endless saturnalia of bunk, of bluff, of...

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Gettysburg Lessons for Trump’s GOP

President Trump and his key Congressional allies are making a disastrous mistake in letting their Democratic opponents select the field of engagement for this year’s struggle for control of Capitol Hill. In so doing, they ignore the...

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Democracy’s Distressing Retreat

Ten years ago, Stanford professor Larry Diamond—a recent guest on my radio show —noted the world was suffering a “democracy recession” with self-government and civil liberties in retreat almost everywhere. When the Soviet...

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Not as Fragmented as Pessimists Presume

A major study from the Pew Research Center should reassure those of us who worry about the fragmentation of America based on race and ethnicity. Among the 43 million U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry, a full 5 million don’t identify...

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Screen Time Blues

By Diane Medved, Ph.D.   Parents, have you lamented that it’s difficult to restrain kids from too much “screen time?” With kids now owning smart phones at ever-younger ages, it seems they’re replacing interactive play with...

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