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|

Can US Democracy Defend Itself?

The following article appeared in The Washington Post, November 2, 2016.

By Eric Chenoweth

Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has posed many challenges to U.S. media. In at least one frightening respect, it has failed: News outlets are actively abetting an authoritarian and imperialist foreign power’s attempt to manipulate a U.S. presidential election to aid its favored candidate, Trump, and sanctioning an assault on the individual and civil liberties of all American citizens. […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Russia|

The Present Danger

Revised October 7, 2016                                                                                                                      PDF Version         

by Eric Chenoweth

Editorial boards of newspapers have become the most responsible civic voices in this year’s US presidential election. […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth|

Answering Authoritarian Politics:

An Open Letter to an American Citizen
About the 2016 Presidential Election
September 16, 2016

by Eric Chenoweth                                                                                          PDF Version          […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Communism, Eastern Europe, Eric Chenoweth, Poland|

How Democracies Perish

Revised July 28, 2016                                                                                                                                  PDF Version

by Eric Chenoweth

“Democracy may, after all, turn out to be an historical accident, a brief parenthesis that is closing before our eyes.” — Jean François Revel, How Democracies Perish, 1983

There have been many who prognosticated democracy’s doom. […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Eric Chenoweth|