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Plutocrats United: The Impact of Citizens United Isn’t Simply About Corruption… It’s About Political Equality

In recent years, few Supreme Court decisions have been as controversial – or as consequential – as the ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, in which the 5-4 majority held that the First Amendment rights of organizations such as … Continue reading

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OPINION: U.S., World Cannot Give Up on Moderate Rebels in Syria

It is an unavoidable argument these days which seems to admit of no adequate rebuttal: arming the moderate rebels in Syria, whoever and wherever they are, will ultimately end up benefitting the extremists. To avoid another Afghanistan (where the U.S. … Continue reading

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No, The U.S. Is Not To Blame for the Refugee Crisis

As the refugee crisis in Europe gains more attention, commentators have been asking (and answering) the question, who is at fault?  One answer has been provided by Ben Swann of Reality Check. After asking, “So what is the source of this crisis?” … Continue reading

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Will Americans Vote for a Socialist Candidate?

Since U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) announced his campaign for the presidency, considerable attention has been paid to his avowed socialism. On the Sunday after his announcement, he appeared on ABC’s This Week, where the host, George Stephanopoulos, asked, “Is it … Continue reading

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Why We Need Political Parties, and More of Them

The number of political independents has certainly ballooned. Indeed, the dissatisfaction with political parties has reached unprecedented levels, and it is not uncommon to read jeremiads decrying the abuses of political parties or to come across comments that question their necessity altogether. Despite … Continue reading

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Autocracy, Democracy, Theocracy: Reclaiming the Middle Ground in Syria

In London, to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, activists will march from Hyde Park to Downing Street on Saturday, March 14. This protest is intended not only to remind a distracted and jaded West about the horrors … Continue reading

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Why There One Day Will Be Democracy in Iraq

The results are in from Iraq’s parliamentary elections from April 2014. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition received 92 of parliament’s 328 seats. The absence of a clear majority means that over the following weeks and months, Iraq’s leading politicians … Continue reading

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