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Citizens Defending Democracy Are Being Shot on the Streets of Myanmar. We Should Support Them

On February 1 there was a military coup in Myanmar. As citizens have protested the abrogation of their country’s recent democratic election–through peaceful mass demonstrations, a civil disobedience campaign, and a general strike–the military has consistently escalated its violence and repression. Today NBC reports that over 100 civilians were killed yesterday, in what has been described asContinue reading “Citizens Defending Democracy Are Being Shot on the Streets of Myanmar. We Should Support Them”

Joe Biden Is Very Good at Being Himself, And His First News Conference Was Fine

It was painful for me to watch Joe Biden’s first news conference. Because he is not very good in that setting. But the problem is not with Biden. It is with the setting, and the expectations we have come to have of it.  Ever since the advent of television, telegenic appearance has played an increasinglyContinue reading “Joe Biden Is Very Good at Being Himself, And His First News Conference Was Fine”

Now Is the Time to Really Prosecute the Case Against Trump—By Pivoting to Real Democratic Reform

Impeachment 2.0 has now come and gone.  It’s over.  The case was made. The opposition between constitutionalism and thuggery was staged before the public on the floor of the United States Senate. Each side did what it does best. And the very best constitutional lawyering could not prevent the acquittal of Donald T. Trump, theContinue reading “Now Is the Time to Really Prosecute the Case Against Trump—By Pivoting to Real Democratic Reform”

The Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 4: Trump’s Constitutional Contempt on Full Display

Before the trial started, I expressed strong skepticism about its wisdom. My reasons were purely pragmatic, related to the likely short-to-medium consequences of the effort. Since the trial began, I have tried to adopt a more hopeful attitude, because there was little point in doing otherwise, but also because I strongly believe that the caseContinue reading “The Senate Impeachment Trial, Day 4: Trump’s Constitutional Contempt on Full Display”

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