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2020 Election



  • Law And Order Won’t Help Trump Win Reelection

    by Kevin M. Kruse

    The call for “law and order” is a complaint that those tasked with upholding the law and maintaining order have failed at the job and need to be replaced.



  • This Election Isn't 1968 or 1992 or 2016

    Richard Nixon won by portraying himself as a unifier against an out-of-control left; Bill Clinton won reelection by carefully navigating the politics of crime and unrest. There is nothing very careful, yet, about what we've seen from this president.



  • Wisconsin’s Long History As Swing State

    Wisconsin's status as a swing state in presidential elections is nothing new. It reflects the state's part in major trends in American history including immigration, urbanization, and the rural-urban divide.



  • The Corrupt Bargain (Review Essay)

    by Eric Foner

    Eric Foner argues that reasons both strategic and idealistic informed the establishment of the Electoral College, and recent books support the case for its abolition. 



  • Is ‘Human Identity Politics’ the Solution to Polarization?

    A new book by Ezra Klein argues that American polarization results from the collision of early humanity's tribal tendencies with a realignment of group identities over the last 50 years. Does he ignore the special role of the conservative movement in driving polarization?



  • These Young Socialists Think They Have Courage. They Don’t.

    by Mitchell Abidor

    If Mr. Trump is re-elected, many DSA members could spend the next four years suffering little more than the pangs of political outrage. But millions of less fortunate people would suffer real consequences.



  • Biden Is Planning an FDR-Size Presidency

    Biden's advisers agreed: If they were going to talk about lessons from history, their future calls might as well dive into the Great Depression and World War II.



  • Responses to an ‘Open Letter to the New New Left’

    The Nation publishes two critical responses to the recent "Open Letter to the New New Left," which criticized a perceived unwillingness by young leftists to unite around Joe Biden's candidacy to defeat Donald Trump.