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We know from the secret ballot on keeping Liz Cheney in her position that many more Republicans believe what Trump did was wrong than are willing to admit it. Doing so would risk their political careers.

I do not believe that Republicans who voted to acquit Trump should remain in office. To the extent that they do, it will affirm the anti-democratic and authoritarian norms that have so badly undermined our democracy in recent years.

But what does this imply for how we should act?

The dominant norm in our political process has for many years been one of combat…


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Laws establish norms. When laws are not enforced, norms erode. Most people follow the law, not because they fear punishment but because they adhere to the norms that those laws encode.

Representative Clyburn of South Carolina was asked by Judy Woodruff of the News Hour if Democrats should hesitate to impeach Trump because it will further incense his followers. He responded that, “I don’t believe we ought to run the country that way. I think there are certain norms that we have to adhere to. I think there are certain laws that we have to obey. And we just cannot…


The attack on our capital shows unequivocally that the success of the Biden campaign is not the end of our American travail, but must be the beginning of a long-term social movement to build a society that works for everyone.

For years we have been sending our money to the Democrats, hoping that their taking control of the federal government would end the racist, misogynist control of government by a cabal of wealthy conservatives. The money we have poured into this effort has made an unmistakable difference. …


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In The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett provide an analysis of the past 125 years of American history that makes a significant contribution to the growing movement to reform American Society. As Putnam has done in his other books, he and Garrett carefully analyze trends in American life in a way that delineates the tangle of problems we are currently experiencing while at the same time offering hope that we can overcome them.

The essence of their analysis is that across a wide variety…


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In 1970 Lewis Powell, who would soon be appointed to the Supreme Court by Richard Nixon, wrote an insightful and prescient memo about what was needed to save capitalism. There were more than 1700 bombings of businesses in 1970 and Powell and his colleagues had every reason to be concerned about the threat to their interests. Powell’s memo has been widely credited with prompting the efforts of the business community to assert their influence. He described the many ways that business could be promoted such as by creating a class of scholars and pundits who could influence public opinion and…


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Why do Black, Native American, and Hispanic people have worse outcomes with Covid-19 than White people? It is true that they have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease and that these conditions make death more likely. However, these disparities are themselves due to frequent exposure to threat, intimidation, and discrimination. It will not be enough to prevent or treat obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We must make neighborhoods, schools, and families safe and nurturing.

Consider the experience of Charlene and Samuel Holly. In November 2012 Charlene was sitting in her home holding her infant granddaughter. Five other grandchildren…


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President Trump has said explicitly and repeatedly that he will not relinquish power and that the only way he could lose is if the election were rigged. He is already attempting to subvert the election by spreading the narrative that election fraud is widespread, encouraging Republican states to suppress votes of Biden supporters, inciting his base to intimidate Biden supporters, and threatening to seize ballots under the guise of being “fraudulent”.

Here’s what could happen on or after election day:

● Republican controlled states could certify Trump electors despite the fact that the popular vote in the state was not…


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I am writing this because I am deeply concerned that President Trump will subvert the election. I am not the only person with concerns. See, for example, Thomas Friedman’s op-ed in the Times of September 29th.

The Transition Integrity Project and Barton Gellman of the Altantic have analyzed the ways that the election could be subverted:

· A narrative claiming that election fraud is widespread takes hold among Trump supporters.

· Voting among those supporting Biden is suppressed.

· Trump supporters intimidate voters.

· Trump uses the powers at his disposal to seize ballots under the guise of their being…


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These is indeed a difficult questions. There is no question that explicit calls to address the problem of racism are being used by conservative forces to ramp up support for Republicans. The behavior of elected officials is largely selected by the consequences that is most important to them — votes. We are not likely to make much headway with Republicans until it becomes possible for some of them to win elections with more moderate positions on race. What is badly needed is more research on how you can get people who have traditionally voted Republican to embrace reforms that are…


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I am probably older than you; born on June 6, 1944. This is a time of year that brings sad memories. Robert Kennedy, who after his brother’s assassination, had become a deeply caring person, died on my birthday in 1968. I was President of the Students for Robert Kennedy at the University of Illinois. I was heartbroken. Martin Luther King had been murdered two months earlier. Kennedy, who had bonded in compassion with farm workers in California, poor black people in the Mississippi delta, and South African black people in Soweto, seemed our last hope for bringing white and black…

Anthony Biglan

Anthony Biglan, PhD, is President of Values to Action and author of Rebooting Capitalism https://www.valuestoaction.com/

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