Eric Black

Assessing the depressing state of democracy around the globe

In the immediate post-Trump moment and in the middle of the Russian war to extinguish democracy in Ukraine, The New Republic hosted an online forum with three authors, all of whom write about the state of democracy in the world.  It was a fairly depressing show, although full of smart insights. Moderator (and New Republic […]Read More

Yes, it’s time for another rant against the Electoral College

I beg permission to rant (once again) against the Electoral College: to explain at least one of the reasons Republicans love it so much); to mention (again) an elegant fix for its problems that aren’t making much progress; and to suggest one (antidemocratic) reason why Republicans may oppose it.  Let’s get the partisan punchline out […]Read More