Can It Happen Here?

“The main thing is, they’re talking about us.”Joseph Goebbels, The Goebbels Diaries

by Eric Chenoweth (The Shanker Blog, November 11, 2019) (PDF Version)

Comparing Trump’s presidency with past fascist regimes, and particularly that of Hitler’s Germany, is generally seen as partisan hyperbole. Past warnings of a Nazi-like leader taking hold in America — like Sinclair Lewis’s ironically […]

By |June 29th, 2020|Democracy, Eric Chenoweth, Russia, Uncategorized|

Russia-gate Still Matters

by Eric Chenoweth (The Shanker Blog, November 11, 2019) (PDF Version)

A majority of Americans support the
impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. With each witness’s testimony,
they learn the extent of how Trump risked America’s national security and
betrayed his oath to the Constitution to extort Ukraine’s new leader for his
own political benefit. Speaker Nancy […]

By |November 27th, 2019|Democracy, Eric Chenoweth, Russia, Uncategorized|

The Missing Commemoration of 1980 — and 1989

by Eric Chenoweth (PDF Version)

On the 30th anniversary of the 1989 “velvet revolutions” that resulted in the downfall of communist regimes in the Soviet bloc countries of Central and Eastern Europe, there was  little reflection on the most important social and political movement that helped to bring about this […]

By |November 22nd, 2019|Committee in Support of Solidarity, Communism, Eric Chenoweth, Poland, Solidarity|

A Mouse Gives Birth to a Mountain: What the Mueller Report Tells Us About the Russian Intervention

by Eric Chenoweth (The Shanker Blog, May 23, 2019)

In the manner of Russian propaganda, where everything is true if it supports the leader, Donald Trump has asserted simultaneously that the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller completely exonerated him (“No collusion, no obstruction, game over”) and that the Special Counsel’s investigation was completely illegitimate (a […]

By |May 24th, 2019|Democracy, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

Can American Democracy Survive

by Eric Chenoweth (The Shanker Blog, November 5, 2018)

“Which world is ‘natural’? That which existed before or the world of war?
Both are natural if both are within the realm of one’s experience.”
Czeslaw Milosz, The Captive Mind, 1953

It was a political eternity ago.

In 2016, several political commentators (myself included) warned about the potential consequences of […]

By |November 5th, 2018|Democracy, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

The Alarming Story that Won’t Go Away

by Eric Chenoweth

The American Interest (Published on: June 4, 2018)

Despite all the diminishment, denial, and deflection, the evidence is mounting that Russian interference may have tipped the 2016 election.

In mid-February, the news cycle was saturated with coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians, the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA), and two […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

The Authoritarian Challenge: The Concordance of Trump’s Presidency and Putin’s Russia

Revised September 26, 2017                                                                                                       […]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

Does the Constitution Demand Such an Outcome?

December 16, 2017

by Eric Chenoweth                                                                                                                                       PDF Version

Long before all the votes were counted, American citizens were told to accept the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. We are still being told this despite mounting evidence that he may be beholden to a hostile foreign power for his election. […]

By |December 17th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth, Uncategorized|

Let Hamilton Speak: Recapturing American Democracy

December 17, 2016

by Eric Chenoweth                                                                                                                                      PDF Version

Americans are being told that the Electoral College overrides the national vote in US presidential elections because the nation’s founders established a federal system for states to determine the selection of the country’s only national office. […]

By |December 17th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth, Uncategorized|

Turning Away From The Election’s Alarming Story: Russian Intervention

by Eric Chenoweth

The following appeared in the Washington Post, November 26, 2016.

In assessing Donald Trump’s presidential victory, Americans continue to look away from this election’s most alarming story: the successful effort by a hostile foreign power to manipulate public opinion prior to the vote. […]

By |November 26th, 2016|Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|