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The Rhetorical Presidency Made Flesh: A Political Science Classic in the Age of Donald Trump
ABSTRACT This article revisits Jeffrey Tulis’s The Rhetorical Presidency in the age of Trump, discussing the debates to which it originally responded, its core thesis and empirical evidence, as well
Could Political Science Become Diagnostic? Restoring a Forgotten Method
ABSTRACT Political philosophers and their commentators frequently analogize human bodies and bodies politic, evaluating individual cities and empires in terms of health and sickness much the way a
Demagoguery as Pathology: Interpreting European Politics Today
Abstract The End of Europe by James Kirchick and The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray evince many of the very same political and discursive pathologies which they successfully diagnose in
Creating a Demagogue: The Political Origins of Daniel Shays’s Erroneous Legacy in American Political History
What are the political consequences of negative political theory concepts such as demagoguery? What happens when they are deployed in a way that brands an innocent victim with a reputation he or she
Diagnosing the Blinding Effects of Trumpism: Rejoinder to Pluta
ABSTRACT Anne C. Pluta’s reply to my critique perpetuates the errors that undermined the article I criticized. Pluta dismisses out of hand my suggestion that her mistakes are the result of the
Xenophon’s failed imperialists : the question of empire in the Hellenica
In Xenophon’s Hellenica, or “Greek Affairs” from 404-362 BCE, both empire and its absence entail characteristic advantages and disadvantages. An international arrangement without empire is
Support for Nationalization and State Building in the Early American Republic
House deliberations over healthcare legislation in 1798 show members of the Fifth US Congress debating the constitutional basis of small government assumptions about states’ rights and federal power,