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Introduction
Immigration is one of the most divisive issues thus far of the Trump administration. The discussion is almost guaranteed to anger at least one side of the political aisle. Some of the vociferous claims from the left lodged against the current administration include racism, xenophobia, and demagoguery.
To dismiss all the claims of the left would be unfair and intellectually dishonest.…

With the inauguration of the new president approaching, I thought it might be worthwhile to review some of the challenges that the new administration will confront.[1] Although I was not a supporter of Trump during the election, I do wish his administration success for the good of the country, for the challenges that he will confront are myriad and formidable.…

No one is obliged to take part in the spiritual crises of society; on the contrary, everyone is obliged to avoid the folly and live his life in order.
― Eric Voegelin, Science, Politics, and Gnosticism
 
Technological Rule
“I saw some of the turning beauties of the sky/ And we came out to see, once more, the stars.”[1] So concludes Dante’s voyage through…

After the election, a student came into my office and asked me, “What is my major good for?”[1] The quote perfectly captured the post-election state of my profession as a political scientist of having wrongly predicted the presidential race. There were be several articles and books that will be published about the problems in the forecasting models but for now…

A consistent defense of the uncivil rhetoric at the heart of the Trump campaign is an appeal to being politically incorrect. The idea is that liberal politicians and the media that loves them put informal parameters around what can be said and in a manner that is at odds with the rights and interests of the American polity. It is…

We now have two presidential candidates each appealing to their bases with head-fakes to an ever-diminishing center. Donald Trump has tapped into the political, economic, and cultural discontent of the white working class who are tired of the condescension and contempt of our elites, while Hillary Clinton had her own conversion to Bernie Sanders on the road to Philadelphia, not…

What explains Donald Trump’s appeal, especially among the white working class? The various theories that have been offered – being economically left behind in a globalized, knowledge-based economy; fear of the changing racial and ethnic demographics of this country; contempt for the political paralysis that characterizes Washington these days – all have some validity, but these trends have been in…

How it is that Donald Trump, who has proudly proclaimed he's a racist and sexist, is the Republican nominee for the presidency? His misogynist comments about Megyn Kelly, Hillary Clinton, and other women as well as his attacks on Muslims, Mexicans, and other minorities had little effect to secure the Republican nomination. What accounted for this?
Part of this probably can…

The current outburst of voter discontent, which has made the 2016 election campaign an equal source of fascination and dread, contains the elements of a revolution and a restoration. Analysts have traced widespread disgust with the ‘Washington establishment,’ which has vaulted the unlikely candidacy of Donald Trump, to issues ranging from economic anxiety to cultural concerns over national character, with…