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Democracy

Status, Glory, and Utopia

Status, Glory, and Utopia

We have to be sure that we hand power to the people who want it for the right reason.

Frank DiStefano
Technology, Freedom of Speech, and Rush Limbaugh

Technology, Freedom of Speech, and Rush Limbaugh

One of the great pillars of modern liberal democracy is its protection of the right to free expression.  The first act of any authoritarian government will be to censor critical voices:  the Chinese Communist Party thus exercises ever-tightening control over both legacy media and the internet; Putin has put all

Francis Fukuyama
The First Amendment Is Not a Suicide Pact

The First Amendment Is Not a Suicide Pact

Confused thinking is standing in the way of a perfectly achievable goal: moderating speech on the internet.

Jack Snyder
Tribulations of the Second Trial

Tribulations of the Second Trial

Republicans failed to hold Donald Trump accountable—again. The only safe way forward for American democracy is for voters to hold his acquitters accountable.

Adam Garfinkle
Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

We are at a very dangerous and unprecedented point in American politics today. As noted in my last post, something strange has happened to the Republican Party. It has been shifting from a party built around ideology and ideas, to one that resembles a cult of personality focused on one

Francis Fukuyama
Democracy Dies in Disinformation

Democracy Dies in Disinformation

Autocrats may think the internet is their best friend, but democracies can give facts a fighting chance.

Steven Feldstein, Peter Pomerantsev
If You Build It, They Will Come

If You Build It, They Will Come

A former Obama official makes the case for a U.S.-led Summit for Democracy.

Sarah E. Mendelson
Making Politics Work Again

Making Politics Work Again

Two 2020 documentaries capture the toxic state of our present politics—and offer two alternative visions of where we go from here.

Sean Keeley