Have We Reshaped Middle East Politics or Started to Mimic It?

America is displaying political tribalism like what we tried to quell elsewhere. 

#afghanistan, #defense-and-military-forces, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #middle-east, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Abortion Rights Expand, the U.S. Joins a Handful of Telling Exceptions

Recent shifts on access to abortion suggest democracy and women’s rights go hand in hand — and that the inverse might be true as well.

#abortion, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #law-and-legislation, #mexico, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #texas, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #womens-rights

Hong Kong Philosopher Taught Life’s Meaning. Now He Visits Students in Jail.

Chow Po Chung pushed his students to participate in public affairs — idealism that he worries could cost them their freedom.

#chinese-university-of-hong-kong-the, #chow-po-chung, #content-type-personal-profile, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government

Trump and the Republican Party’s Cruel Logic

Why there was Trumpism long before Trump — and there will be long afterward. 

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France and U.S. Agree on the Perils of a Rising China, Blinken Says

After meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France, who says Europe should be less dependent on U.S. leadership, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told The Times they see eye to eye on key issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #group-of-seven, #le-drian-jean-yves, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #paris-france, #united-states-international-relations

Eighty Years Later, Biden and Johnson Revise the Atlantic Charter for a New Era

The original was the work of Churchill and Roosevelt at the dawn of World War II. The new version pledges cooperation against 21st century global challenges and rivalries.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #churchill-winston-leonard-spencer, #cornwall-england, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #group-of-seven, #humanitarian-aid, #johnson-boris, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #northern-ireland, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states-international-relations, #world-war-ii-1939-45

How the Storming of the Capitol Became a ‘Normal Tourist Visit’

Insurrection? What insurrection?

#cheney-liz, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #liberalism-us-politics, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Critical Race Theory and Wokeness

Some states are trying to ban curriculums that acknowledge this country’s history of racism. It’s creating a new culture war over a school of thought called critical race theory.

#bell-derrick-a-jr, #critical-race-theory, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #goldberg-michelle-1975, #republican-party

Biden Can’t Decide What Counts as a ‘Democracy’

As the president tries to assemble an anti-authoritarian alliance, he faces a choice: hypocrisy or realism?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Blinken and G-7 Allies Turn Their Focus to ‘Democratic Values’

A growing global competition with China and Russia looms over a gathering of foreign ministers in London.

#blinken-antony-j, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #group-of-seven, #london-england, #united-states-international-relations

Latin America’s Former Presidents Have Way Too Much Power

It’s time to take them down from their pedestals.

#central-america, #correa-rafael, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #ecuador, #elections, #lasso-guillermo, #latin-america, #mexico, #peru, #south-america

A Radical Proposal for True Democracy

What if the solution to our dysfunctional politics is to get rid of the politicians?

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #helene-landemore, #open-democracy

Putin Isn’t as Strong as He Looks

For the first time in a long while, the Russian president isn’t holding all the cards.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #moscow-russia, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-russia

As Biden Plans Global Democracy Summit, Skeptics Say: Heal Thyself First

The sense of a dysfunctional, if not entirely broken, democratic system in the United States has foreign rivals crowing — and suggesting that it has no business lecturing other nations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Should Drive Biden’s Foreign Policy?

The fiery Cold War liberalism of Hubert Humphrey provides a guide on how to act, abroad and at home.

#americans-for-democratic-action, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #humphrey-hubert-h-jr, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #truman-harry-s, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Bequeaths Biden an Upended World

The sheen is off America. But betting against the country’s capacity for reinvention was never a good idea.

#africa, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #europe, #india, #international-relations, #latin-america, #middle-east, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Capitol Attack Was Trump’s Last Assault on America’s Alliances

Last week’s events showcased not only a crisis of U.S. democracy, but also a crisis of U.S. power.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Scary Power of the Companies That Finally Shut Trump Up

Tech giants were right to ban the president. We still need to break them up.

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A Shattering Blow to America’s Troubled Democratic Image

The mob in Washington attempting to disrupt the peaceful transition of American power also posed a threat to all democracies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Analysis: Trump’s Insurgency From Inside the Oval Office

President Trump’s effort to overturn the election he lost has gone beyond mere venting of grievances at the risk of damaging the very American democracy he is charged with defending.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

Trump’s Insurgency From Inside the Oval Office

President Trump’s effort to overturn the election he lost has gone beyond mere venting of grievances at the risk of damaging the very American democracy he is charged with defending.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

Trump Didn’t Break Our Democracy. But Did He Fatally Weaken It?

The election provides a clear example of resilience to authoritarian pressure. But it doesn’t mean our democracy is unbreakable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

China’s Combative Nationalists See a World Turning Their Way

China’s Communist Party is pushing the narrative that the pandemic has proved the superiority of its authoritarian model. The muscular message is finding fans at home.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #international-relations, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

Jimmy Lai and Bloomberg Staffer Are Charged Under Hong Kong Security Law

Mr. Lai’s case was followed hours later by a disclosure that the authorities in China had detained a Chinese citizen working for Bloomberg News.

#beijing-china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #lai-jimmy, #law-and-legislation

Jimmy Lai Is Charged Under Hong Kong’s National Security Law

The prominent pro-democracy activist and founder of the Apple Daily newspaper is accused of colluding with foreign forces.

#beijing-china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #lai-jimmy, #law-and-legislation

Civilian Control of the Military Is Vital

Biden must give a better explanation for why a waiver is justified and how to stop this from becoming a trend.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #defense-department, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #raytheon-company, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

E.U. Insists on Rule of Law in Emerging Deal With Hungary and Poland

Leaders will meet Thursday to work out a compromise with the two holdouts, who have vetoed the bloc’s budget and stimulus plans over threats that they will lose access to funds.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #european-commission, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #stimulus-economic

Why Is the G.O.P. Refusing to Recognize Its Own Success?

Republicans not named Trump fared quite well in 2020, not that you can tell from listening to them.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #dewey-john-1859-1952, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

How to Protect America From the Next Donald Trump

The Constitution is supposed to protect us from demagogues. Can we make it work again?

#constitution-us, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #plato-428-348-bc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

Trump Lives in a Hall of Mirrors and He’s Got Plenty of Company

It will take a long time to drive conspiracy-mongering back to the fringes of American politics.

#conspiracy-theories, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why the U.S.’s Electoral Machinery Is More Robust Than People Think

Our system offers many offramps from the road to disaster. Whether we take one is another question.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #hayes-rutherford-birchard, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-elections-us, #senate

Americans Are Afraid. Not for Themselves, but for the Country.

A feeling of alarm and fear about the future of democracy, from voters across the political spectrum.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

She Used to Clean City Hall. Now, She Runs It.

In Russia, elections are typically theatrical affairs with the winner and loser preordained. Sometimes, though, they go off script.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #elections-mayors, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-russia

A Farewell to Norms

While a pandemic altered the fundamentals of human interaction, millions of activists took to the streets to protect democratic institutions and defend human rights. They are demonstrating that with determination, creativity and sacrifice, we can adapt and beat back the crises that threaten not only democracy, but our very existence.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

The Attack on Voting in the 2020 Elections

The president is harnessing the power of the government, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Postal Service, to disrupt the election. Read the magazine’s five-month investigation.

#absentee-voting, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barr-william-p, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-secretary-of-state, #elections-senate, #elections-state-legislature, #midterm-elections-2018, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

Trump and His Allies Don’t Like Masks of Any Kind

The frank racism of the contemporary Republican agenda is on display at the R.N.C.

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More Than Just a Tweet: Trump’s Campaign to Undercut Democracy

Floating the idea of delaying the election was the latest step in the president’s running effort to discredit the election, risking long-term damage to public trust in the system.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #constitution-us, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Why Intellectuals Support Dictators

Anne Applebaum’s “Twilight of Democracy” examines the role of thinkers and writers who back modern authoritarians.

#applebaum-anne, #books-and-literature, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #politics-and-government, #soros-george, #twilight-of-democracy-the-seductive-lure-of-the-authoritarian-state-book

It’s Not Just You. America’s Leaders Are Getting Older.

Across other wealthy democracies, leaders as old as Trump and Biden are vanishingly rare.

#age-chronological, #baby-boomers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Wisconsin Primary Shows That Democracy Is in Trouble

Authoritarian rule may be just around the corner.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin