US Elections

On the Difficulty of Forecasting “Winners” in Parliamentary Elections

Nate Silver is a statistician, writer, and the founder and editor-in-chief of the well-known blog FiveThirtyEight, who rose to fame in the political area through his incredibly accurate data-driven predictions of U.S. Presidential election results. Before the 2012 U.S. Presidential election Mr. Silver correctly predicted the outcomes in all 50 ...

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Terrorism and the Right to Resist

Observers of contemporary politics with broadly liberal, democratic moral convictions have often felt ambivalent about the term ‘terrorist,’ particularly when used to characterize armed, non-state political groups that describe their goals in terms of ‘liberation’ or ‘resistance to oppression’. Terrorism and the Right to Resist addresses some of the deeper ...

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Demystifying a Hero

Donald Trump’s flair for rhetoric provides the occasion for thinking about democracy, citizenship, military service, and patriotism. Speaking before a group of Iowa evangelicals in his quest for the presidency, Trump said of John McCain, an unquestioned American icon best known for his imprisonment (five years in Hoa Lo Prison) during the Vietnam War: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

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