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political history



  • When Centrists Sounded Like Bernie

    by Ed Burmila

    If today’s centrist, establishment Democrats are unwilling to hear warnings coming from the left, perhaps they will heed their own advice from an earlier era.



  • The Lessons of the Elections of 1918

    A nation ravaged by the Spanish flu figured out how to vote back then. Not without incident, but with democracy intact.



  • What Democracy’s History Tells Us About Its Future

    In an email exchange hosted by the Harvard Business Review, Professor of Business Rebecca Henderson and Professor of History Jill Lepore discussed capitalism’s role in an increasingly populist world.


  • Is Bernie the New George McGovern?

    by Michel A. Genovese

    One can see close parallels between the 1972 presidential contest and that of 2020. Those parallels do not bode well for Bernie Sanders or the Democrats.