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Both Andrew Jackson, left, and Donald Trump presented themselves as men of the people. Jackson, Library of Congress; Trump, Drew Angerer/Getty Images

All American presidents have made spectacles of themselves – and there’s nothing wrong with that

A president’s persona is always a public act. In that way, Trump's shtick – vulgar man of the people – was not exceptional. And every president has had to invent his version of the role.
An election worker during mail-in ballot counting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Nov. 6, 2020. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Making it easier to vote does not threaten election integrity

A record number of people voted in the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump lost, Joe Biden won. Now, GOP legislators across the country are trying to pass measures to limit voting.
An upbeat staffer, Yi Arias, at a COVID-19 mass-vaccination event for health care workers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Irfan Khan/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Holding on to hope is hard, even with the pandemic’s end in sight – wisdom from poets through the ages

Hope does not ride alone. It has a companion: anxiety. A classics scholar who is a poet notes that, at what may be the end of a long and dark pandemic year, both are in evidence.
Unemployed Blackjewel coal miners, their family members and activists man a blockade along railroad tracks leading to their old mine on Aug. 23, 2019, in Cumberland, Kentucky. Scott Olson/Getty Images

How the quest for significance and respect underlies the white supremacist movement, conspiracy theories and a range of other problems

The quest for significance and respect is a universal part of human nature. It has the potential to inspire great works – but lately, it has been much in evidence tearing society apart.
Is Sen. Marco Rubio, espousing a polished populism, the future of the GOP? Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A less Trumpy version of Trumpism might be the future of the Republican Party

Donald Trump's ticket to the White House was a coarse version of populism. Will his successors in the GOP be different – or simply present a more polished version of his antagonistic rhetoric?
A Donald Trump supporter wears a gas mask and holds a bust of him after he and hundreds of others stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

What is fascism?

Given the current, often erroneous, use of the term 'fascist' to describe political movements and leaders, it's important to determine what fascism is and is not.
If a proposed law passes, this group of immigrants apprehended at the U.S. border near Mission, Texas, would be called ‘noncitizens,’ not ‘aliens.’ Sergio Flores for The Washington Post via Getty Images

From ‘aliens’ to ‘noncitizens’ – the Biden administration is proposing to change a legal term to recognize the humanity of non-Americans

Words matter, writes an immigration scholar. It is far easier to deny the humanity of an 'alien' than to do so for a 'noncitizen.'

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