Berfrois

‘What is up with this dude?’

‘What is up with this dude?’

I first moved to San Clemente, Calif., in 2007, my last year of graduate school, renting a house in town about a mile up the coast from the so-called Western White House, the beachfront estate Richard Nixon bought in 1969 shortly after winning the presidency.

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Patterns in Presidential Politics

Patterns in Presidential Politics

Alaska Governor’s Mansion by Elvin Lim As the race for the Republican nomination warms up, it is too early to tell who would head the party’s ticket next Fall. But there is more to understanding politics than predicting the horse races, and for those ready to look, there are already patterns emerging...

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The replacement of “Welfare Queen” by “teacher” in Wisconsin is only the latest example of the transformation of class antagonism into culture war…

The replacement of “Welfare Queen” by “teacher” in Wisconsin is only the latest example of the transformation of class antagonism into culture war…

From N+1: After my parents got back from a weeklong vacation in Florida, funded in part by the pensions they receive as retired Wisconsin public educators, they went to Madison and, after enjoying lunch at the hip, local-food-oriented The Weary Traveler, took to Capital Square to protest Governor Scott...

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Peter Corning: Toward a New Social Contract

Peter Corning: Toward a New Social Contract

by Peter Corning The term “social contract” has a deep history in political theory.  Today it generally refers to the implicit bargain that exists in any stable society over social rights and duties, and the division of economic benefits and costs. In the U.S., the social contract has become...

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Geert Wilders is not Liu Xiaobo

Geert Wilders is not Liu Xiaobo

by Markha Valenta Cas Mudde was quite right to point out recently how liberal arguments are being used in the interests of illiberal attacks on Muslims. However, in the Dutch case this reflects anything but a progressive national consensus It is rather striking, at first sight, to note how...

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A Bluer Shade of Orange

A Bluer Shade of Orange

From London Review of Books: Among Liberal Democrat activists and some on the Labour left, Clegg is often accused of compromising his principles and selling out for the sake of power. The charge is absurd, for the Con-Lib programme is in many respects a straightforward application of Clegg’s brand...

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