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Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 19 in Delaware. Why wasn’t she the presidential nominee? Strategic discrimination by primary voters may explain. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

How race and gender affect who looks like a winner

Why are women and people of colour under-represented in politics? Part of the problem is strategic discrimination, or concern about other people's biases.
Trump supporters fight Black Lives Matter protestors at an anti-racism rally in Tujunga, California, Aug. 14, 2020. Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

Angry Americans: How political rage helps campaigns but hurts democracy

Americans are mad – fist-fighting, protesting mad. And that's just how politicians want voters in election season. But the popular anger stoked by candidates doesn't just dissipate after the campaign.
Stephen King famously called Jim Thompson’s Sheriff Lou Ford ‘the Great American Sociopath.’ derrickthebarbaric/DeviantArt

Jim Thompson is the perfect novelist for our crazed times

The author's novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.

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