Our Crisis of Democracy

Become a Patron! Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. Our Crisis of Democracy When I went to school, I believed America was more or less always a democracy. The constitution guaranteed a representative form of government and guaranteed many civil liberties long before other nations. Along the way, the United States became an even... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Kamala Harris Chooses Partisanship over Democracy

Become a Patron! Order Dan Slater and Joseph Wong's From Development to Democracy: The Transformations of Modern Asia. Available for sale this week. Make a one-time Donation to Democracy Paradox. Kamala Harris Chooses Partisanship over Democracy Yesterday on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd interviewed Vice President Kamala Harris. Like always, he asked some tough questions. But... Continue Reading →

Viktor Orbán and the New Conservative

Become a Patron! Viktor Orbán and a New Conservatism Viktor Orbán is not a traditional conservative. He has implemented a generous family policy to support new parents through subsidies for housing, childcare, and medical care. Of course, Hungary receives large sums of its budget through transfers from the European Union. But unlike conservatives in the United... Continue Reading →

Perils of Presidentialism

Become a Patron! Perils of Presidentialism In 1990 Juan Linz published an influential article titled "The Perils of Presidentialism." It's a highly influential essay among those who debate the merits of different forms of democracy. Linz argued the separation between the legislature and executive made governance problematic. Gridlock between the executive and the legislature leads... Continue Reading →

Meaning and Purpose in the Constitution

Become a Patron! Meaning and Purpose in the Constitution Last week the American Supreme Court made two rulings on individual rights. In one case the court reversed its position on constitutional rights for women. Meanwhile, in another case they affirmed new rights to carry firearms in public. The constitution does not mention either of these... Continue Reading →

How Not to Defend the American Constitution

Become a Patron! How to Defend the American Constitution It's easy to throw around ideas like the Republic, the Constitution, and Freedom. Politicians do it all the time. But it's easy to talk. Our actions say a lot more about our values and beliefs. Many Republicans showed they would defend the American Constitution when it... Continue Reading →

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