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George Washington foresaw the danger of political parties to a democracy. Will Senate Republicans prove him right?

Stuart Lyle A Constitutional crisis has come… and gone – but few have noticed. Americans have great confidence in their form of government.  From an early age they are taught – and, of course, they come to believe – that the Constitution forms the unbreakable backbone of an exceptional democratic system, unmatched in the world.…

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Adam Schiff Got Mad… and Missed the Point

Stuart Lyle The denouement of a week of public testimony in the US House of Representatives Impeachment Inquiry was Adam Schiff’s closing statement.  He alternated between sneering at the Republicans and getting furious with their character assassinations and stonewalling.  In contrast with Devin Nunes’ obscurantist approach, Schiff quoted the Republican Ranking Member of a different…

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Twitter – the End of Democracy

Stuart Lyle Mainstream news media have worked hard, if unwittingly, to undermine one of the foundations of democracy: a free and critical free press.  It may sound contradictory, but it is the press itself that has failed to grasp the White House strategy that is intended to make the news media redundant.  While conscientiously laboring…