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Protesters gather on the National Mall for the Women’s March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency. John Minchillo/AP Photo

Dispatch from DC: On the National Mall, the state of a nation

Inaugural weekends are snapshots of the cultural and political zeitgeist. How did this year's compare to those from 2009 and 2005?
Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime – although the Nemesis of today will likely come with fewer wings. Pierre-Paul Prud’hon

Hubris and the danger of leaders with extreme self-regard

The Greek myths teach that pride comes before a fall – something that our leaders, filled with hubris, rarely see before it's too late.
Donald Trump flanked by two of his children, Ivanka and Donald Jr. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Sultan Donald Trump?

A political scientist looks at the similarities between the new American president and the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. What might the parallels portend for US politics?
What if this was our choice on Election Day? AP Photos/Gary Landers and Paul Sancya

How majority voting betrayed voters again in 2016

In this year's election, the system of majority voting didn't allow voters to express their opinions adequately. If they had, the choice would have been between Kasich and Sanders.
Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro Ruz (1926-2016) Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Fidel Castro Ruz: iconic censor of the liberal tradition

All of the world’s struggling masses owe the late Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro an enormous debt for consistently and fearlessly articulating the debilitating aspect of life under under capitalism.
EPA personnel collect water samples along the Louisiana coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Eric Vance, US EPA/Flickr

Trump may reverse US climate policy but will have trouble dismantling EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to decimate the Environmental Protection Agency. But a political scientist predicts that while EPA will face budget cuts, the agency isn't going anywhere.
There is a large Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Mark Makela

Will the Amish turn out for Trump? Don’t bet the farm

The Trump campaign is adding groups of untapped, swing state voters to its Trump playbook. A political scientist examines whether the Amish vote in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio can be swung.
Even if you’ve never read or seen any of Shakespeare’s works, his influence has touched your life. Photo credits, clockwise from top: Kevin Lamarque, public domain, public domain, public domain, public domain, Mike Tsikas, 20th Century Fox, Mike Hutchings

Marx, Freud, Hitler, Mandela, Greer… Shakespeare influenced them all

In the almost 400 years since Shakespeare's death, his words have been enlisted by an extraordinary range of historical figures. Even the Nazis tried to claim him as a 'Germanic' writer.
The Crusades evoke a romantic image of medieval knights, chivalry, romance and religious high-mindedness. David Wise/Flickr

Did the Crusades lead to Islamic State?

Representing even the Crusades as wars between Christians and Muslims is a gross oversimplification and a misreading of history.

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