To Save American Democracy, Make Civics Great

In a recent column in USA Today, Naval War College professor and author of The Death of Expertise Tom Nichols makes a condescending but accurate observation. Donald Trump’s approval rating has hovered around 40 percent (which is the lowest approval rating of a new president since the advent of tracking presidential approval), but his approval has not significantly fallen below this number despite the daily … Continue reading To Save American Democracy, Make Civics Great

Immigration Continues to Fuel Linguistic Diversity in America’s Cities

The United States is becoming more linguistically diverse. This trend is a precarious one, and far from uniform across the country, but it has the potential to have a significant impact on our society. The American Community Survey, the Census Bureau’s annual demographic survey, tracks a number of statistics — to include those that help us measure linguistic diversity. It publishes one-year estimates (collected over … Continue reading Immigration Continues to Fuel Linguistic Diversity in America’s Cities

The Mischief of Congress: An Analysis

Less than three weeks after being introduced, the American Health Care Act of 2017 — Congress’ alternative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 — was,  for all intents and purposes, dead. This is a major legislative defeat for President Trump and the Republican Congress, to say the least. This measure failed because Congress as an institution was specifically designed to kill … Continue reading The Mischief of Congress: An Analysis

Remembering Martin McGuinness: Why Peace is Worth the Sacrifice

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. – Moshe Dayan It is perhaps a good thing that few people today remember that terrorism was once synonymous with the Irish. But the period of conflict in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1998, known as The Troubles, was responsible for around 3,700 deaths and 50,000 injuries in … Continue reading Remembering Martin McGuinness: Why Peace is Worth the Sacrifice

Our Know-Nothing Politics

The best analysis comes from people who are passionate but not overly emotional about the topic they analyze. I grew up in a community where a large population of the town was likely undocumented. I went to college with a not insignificant number of students who were not in the country legally. I have made good friends, bitter rivals, and acquaintances I know almost nothing … Continue reading Our Know-Nothing Politics

Local Policy as a Haven for the Politically Disenchanted

For those who do not know me outside of this blog, I work in local policy. My day-to-day job is anchored in the world of economic development, a world that I have thoroughly enjoyed devoting myself to over the past five months. The contrast between the progress that we have been able to achieve in my hometown and the regression that many of us have … Continue reading Local Policy as a Haven for the Politically Disenchanted