Francis Fukuyama Responds to Liberalism’s Discontents

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Director of Stanford's Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy. He is the author of many books including The End of History and the Last Man, The Origins of Political Order, and most recently, Liberalism and its Discontents.  ... Continue Reading →

Democracy: The More Boring, the Better

By Chris Walsh Originally published in the George W. Bush Presidential Center blog here. Republished with their permission. Democracy: The More Boring, the Better Democracy is an awesome system of governance, but it should be mostly dull in practice.   “Democracy doesn’t look like a giant crowd shouting its demands through bullhorns,” The Dispatch’s Jonah Goldberg... Continue Reading →

Why Are We Blind to the Toxic Polarization Disseminated By Our Popular Representatives?

By Carina Barbosa Gouvêa and Pedro H. Villas Bôas Castelo Branco Toxic Polarization Paralyzes Democracy Toxic polarization is paralyzing our democracy. The "war" declared by far-right aligned politicians on their political enemies is fueling hatred, violence, and diminishing dialogue in democratic systems. These politicians, interested in destroying the adversary, have become "human bots" by immeasurably spreading... Continue Reading →

The Value of Airpower and the War in Ukraine

By John Christianson The Value of Airpower for Modern Militaries The Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine in February 2022 shocked the world and united western democracies in a way Vladimir Putin has always aimed to undermine.  The war has now become a clarion call for the defense of democracy from external threats that has united... Continue Reading →

Liberal Tolerance

By Justin Kempf Liberal Tolerance Tomorrow's episode features Patrick Deneen. It's part of the three episode arc on liberalism. I invited Patrick, because he makes a powerful case against liberalism. I say powerful, because it is so direct. He does not make equivocations or hesitations. He's willing to say liberalism failed. It's unusual to find... Continue Reading →

The Values of Liberalism

A review of The Struggle for a Decent Politics: On Liberal as an Adjective Review by Justin Kempf The Values of Liberalism In this week's episode of the podcast I talked to Michael Walzer. We talked about his recent book The Struggle for a Decent Politics: On Liberal as an Adjective. In the Preface he explains... Continue Reading →

Digital Propaganda in an Age of Artificial Intelligence

A review of Manufacturing Consensus: Understanding Propaganda in the Era of Automation and Anonymity by Samuel Woolley. Review by Justin Kempf Digital Propaganda The recent release of ChatGPT has raised many questions about the limits of automation and its ability to replace what many have long considered creative work. I've heard people question whether we will eventually... Continue Reading →

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