Charlottesville And The Rise Of White Identity Politics

There is nothing new about white supremacist groups in the U.S., or anti-Semitism, or people who defend the symbols of the Confederacy. (The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.) From Richard Nixon’s “law and […] Read more »

Republicans are increasingly antagonistic toward experts. Here’s why that matters.

Since 2015, according to a new Pew Research Center poll, Republicans’ attitudes toward colleges and universities have become much more negative. The poll found that the number of Republicans who believe colleges have a “positive impact on the way things are going in the country” dropped from 54 percent in […] Read more »

Democrats Growing More Economically Liberal

Americans’ economic ideology has tilted conservative over the past two decades, with only modest variation in conservatives’ lead over liberals. However, changes have been happening beneath the surface, with slightly more Republicans identifying as economically conservative than did so during the George W. Bush years and Democrats tugging the national […] Read more »

Donald Trump Knows How to Push Our Buttons

Last week, when President Trump called on the police to use rough justice in dealing with violent Latino gangs, there was a clear method to his madness. … Underlying Trump’s defiance of law enforcement norms is a calculated strategy advocating the use of force, with the twofold goal of pushing […] Read more »