Blog Profile / Democracy in America


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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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Keeping up appearances

CHIEF Justice John Roberts did something last week that he hasn’t done in three years: side with the liberal justices against his conservative friends on the Supreme Court. The occasion was a case involving a would-be judge in Florida,...Show More Summary

The soft bigotry of lazy abstraction

THE civil unrest in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray has reignited an old debate about the relationship between culture and poverty. The battle lines have been drawn in the opinion pages of the New York Times. On Friday...Show More Summary

A liberal idea

GAY marriage is illegal in Georgia, and only spouses can adopt a child jointly. This was a problem for Elizabeth Wurz, whose son recently fell ill. Because her female partner is the only mother recognised on paper, Ms Wurz found herself struggling to convince paramedics that she, too, is a legal guardian. Show More Summary

In a jam

SITTING in traffic is the worst. It’s frustrating and infuriating. But even the worst jams are fairly forgettable. At some point the congestion clears, riders reach their destination and the story is over. After all, who cares about a traffic jam? The Department of Justice cares. Show More Summary

Dangerous cocktails

WHEN states began using lethal injection to execute criminals in the late 1970s, the idea was to make state killing more humane. This method allowed states to retire their electric chairs, and it was quietly effective for a couple of decades. Show More Summary

The lessons of Baltimore

THE last time a major East Coast American city rioted in the way Baltimore did last night was in 1968, after the murder of Martin Luther King junior. In the neighbourhoods of West Baltimore, where the broken glass and burning cars are...Show More Summary

It's chaos

WHAT is happening tonight in Baltimore is perhaps best described not as a riot but as anarchy. Though there are police lines, there are few protesters or people fighting the police or hurling stones. Indeed, where the police are lined up, the people standing around are mostly taking photos on their phones. Show More Summary

What the cops say

FEW doubt that there is something seriously wrong with policing in America. Far too many people, chiefly young black men, are dying at the hands of police. Every new police scandal invites more hand-wringing over a law-enforcement system that often seems racist and unjust. Show More Summary

They are coming, but will you build it?

EVERY borough of New York City is growing. The city’s population has risen 4% to 8.5m since 2010, and is expected to reach 9m by 2030. Housing and accommodating all of these people is not easy. To meet this challenge, Michael Bloomberg...Show More Summary

Paying for poverty

VERA CHEEKS failed to halt at a ‘Stop’ sign in Georgia last year. Too poor to pay the ticket’s $135 fine, she was put on probation until she earned enough to cover the charge. But this came at a cost: her case was handled by a private firm, called Red Hills Community Probation, which charged an extra $132 for the privilege. Show More Summary

In the bin

TO PLACATE shareholders and shoppers, American companies are promising to use more recycled materials in their products. It’s a nice idea, but surprisingly hard to achieve. Coca-Cola committed to using at least 25% recycled plastic in its containers by 2015, but revised this downwards owing to scarce supply and high costs. Show More Summary

Fallout reaches the ivory tower

ON HOT battlefields and in coolly targeted killings, America has regularly used armed drones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere for a decade and a half. In discussing drone strikes, it is easy to fall into abstraction. Show More Summary

Let my people vote

EVERYONE seems to think the Supreme Court will declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage this June. And so it may. But all the predictions, registered before the justices have even heard oral arguments on April 28th in four challenges to state gay marriage bans, are a bit premature. Show More Summary

Good-bye to a hard-nosed Chicagoan

SUNDAY worshippers at the Cathedral of the Holy Name, the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, entered the church below a white and purple funeral bunting. Under the church’s splendid wooden ceiling, near the massive granite altar, was a big photograph of Cardinal Francis George, a former Archbishop of Chicago. Show More Summary

Leap of faith

IN AMERICAN politics, candidates often write books as a way to sell themselves to voters. Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, is no exception. His latest, “Gods, Guns, Grits and Gravy”, was released in January, just as Mr Huckabee suspended his show on Fox News to prepare his bid for the Republican nomination for presidency. Show More Summary

Nasty, brutish and long

PRESIDENTIAL campaigns are more costly and choreographed than ever before. They are grueling for both candidates and voters

You'll be black and blue

RIKERS Island, New York City’s largest jail, is a tough place. Its notoriously grim conditions have inspired investigative reports, hand-wringing and rap songs. “This ain't a place that's crowded but there's room for you/Whether you're white or you're black, you'll be black and blue,” sang Kool G Rap, a hip-hop artist, in 1990. Show More Summary

What are Rubio's chances?

AS A general pattern, if you read one election forecaster for American politics, you’ve read them all. Contrary to the desires of most journalists, who need drama to lure readers, most races aren’t close. And since quantitative models...Show More Summary

Join the club

GROUCHO MARX thumbed his prodigious nose at any club that would have him as a member. The plaintiffs in four cases to be argued at the Supreme Court on April 28th take another view. Lawyers for April DeBoer, Jayne Rowse, Gregory Bourke,...Show More Summary

A question of trust

THE tentative agreement reached by America and other world powers that aims to thwart an Iranian rush to build a nuclear bomb is “not based on trust” but on unprecedented verification by outside monitors, President Barack Obama declared in the White House gardens on Thursday afternoon. Show More Summary

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