The Evolving Latino Voter

Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. The Evolving Latino Voter by María Isabel Puerta Riera  María is a Political Scientist teaching U. S. Government in Florida. Interested in U. S. and Latin American Politics.  The Evolving Latino Voter The 2020 Presidential election brought into the spotlight an unexpected power player: the Venezuelan... Continue Reading →

Are We Measuring Democracy Wrong

Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. Measuring Democracy In 1972 Freedom House published its first annual report known as Freedom in the World. It codes nations in the world on a scale from 1 to 7. While Freedom House describes countries as free, partly free, and not free, many use the report... Continue Reading →

What are Radical Politics?

Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. What are Radical Politics? The polarization of American politics has brought about a paradigm shift in the meaning of what we call radical politics. Typically, people think of radical politics as shorthand for political extremism. However, extremists focus on policies, while radicals challenge institutions themselves.... Continue Reading →

Would Putin Use Nuclear Weapons?

Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. Would Putin Use Nuclear Weapons? In a speech yesterday to the Russian nation, Vladimir Putin warned the West he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. He even emphasized his warning was "not a bluff." Still, it's unclear what Putin means when he refers to... Continue Reading →

The Kremlin Shows New Vulnerabilities

Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. The Kremlin Shows New Vulnerabilities The annexation of Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine threatens to escalate the war in unexpected ways. Russia has repeatedly emphasized any attacks on its territories amount to some kind of red line. They have even signaled a possible nuclear response. Former... Continue Reading →

America, the Melting Pot?

Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. America, the Melting Pot? by María Isabel Puerta Riera  María is a Political Scientist teaching U. S. Government in Florida. Interested in U. S. and Latin American Politics.  Give me your Tired, your poor... A renewed call to action addressing the most recent ‘border crisis’... Continue Reading →

Why Social Revolutions Are Not Democratic

Become a Patron! Order Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way's Revolution and Dictatorship: The Violent Origins of Durable Authoritarianism. Available for sale this week. Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. Why Social Revolutions Are Not Democratic Typically democracy enthusiasts think of revolutions as a positive development. They imagine ruthless dictators toppled through massive nonviolent protests.... Continue Reading →

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