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The Troubling Implications of Hillary’s “Basket of Deplorables” Comment

Okay, I admit it: I can’t get Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” comment out of my mind. A blue-state friend of mine responded to some of my tweets, urging me to bring more nuance to my comments.  I know that this … Continue reading

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The Trump Virus — and Why It’s Spreading

A couple of my friends got into an argument a few days ago at lunch over whether or not Islam should be characterized as religion of violence.  Personally, I don’t think that such a wholesale characterization can be applied to … Continue reading

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Trudeau Salutes the Queen

Despite the  national dust up that followed the newly installed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision remove the Elizabeth II’s portrait from the Foreign Affairs Building, the Canadian monarchy doesn’t seem to face any immediate risk of extinction. Even so, … Continue reading

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America’s Pink Elephant

I am working through the last chapters of Fred Kaplan’s masterful biography of our sixth president:  “John Quincy Adams: American Visionary.” It’s a fine piece of work.  And one of the remarkable points it drives home, whether intentionally or unintentionally, … Continue reading

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Why Are Americans So Fascinated with the Monarchy?

Members of Republic, the lobbying group calling for the abolition of the British monarchy and its replacement with an elected head of state, often express bewilderment over the American fascination with the Royal Family. Republic supporters out protesting and canvassing … Continue reading

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Toward a Ceremonial American Presidency

What accounts for the staying power of monarchies? Why have these old and, in the view of many people, anachronistic institutions survived into the 21st century, even in advanced western European countries? Arguably because kings and queens affirm a nation’s … Continue reading

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