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Elections have big consequences that last for decades

From LSE: Every election cycle, voters are told by pundits and commentators that this particular election counts and that it is likely to shape public policy for decades to come. In new research, Anthony Fowlerand Andrew B. Hall find that … Continue reading

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Hegemonic Degeneration

Ed West writes: Progressivism already suffers from what Swedish academic Carl Ritter called “hegemonic degeneration”, that when a belief becomes established, made flabby by institutional protection, then the genuinely interesting and intellectually curious will look for something else. The most … Continue reading

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Grievance, rebellion and burnt bridges: Tracing Josh Hawley’s path to the insurrection

The Washington Post reports: Hawley made a striking declaration about his view of Americans in a June 2019 article in Christianity Today, titled “The Age of Pelagius.” He said Pelagius, a Greek scholar born about the year 350, had said … Continue reading

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‘Why Me?’ The Role of Perceived Victimhood in American Politics

From a new academic paper by Miles T. Armaly and Adam M. Enders: * Despite growing recognition among journalists and political pundits, the concept of victimhood has been largely ignored in empirical social science research. * Perceiving oneself to be … Continue reading

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The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance In The White House By James David Barber

From the 2017 edition, Introduction: * Activity is the level of energy that a president devotes to the job, and affect is the level of satisfaction the president obtains from it. He divides each dimension into two categories (active-inactive and … Continue reading

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