Elections are odd in 2020. Political scientists explain

Elections are strange in 2020. Political scientists offer guidance on conspiracy theories, democratic backsliding, and voting by mail.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
yesterday ~14 min

Tags: united-states democracy featured society-and-culture elections voters race-and-ethnicity

Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden's mental health

It's easy to edit video of public figures to make them appear asleep, confused, drunk or cognitively impaired when they are not. The technique is being used to undermine Joe Biden's campaign.

Dustin Carnahan, Assistant Professor of Communication, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence deep-learning fake-news donald-trump video disinformation joe-biden democracy elections trump-2020

Gauge of US democracy hits its lowest score yet

The latest survey results from the political science research project Bright Line Watch are in: US democracy gets just 61 out of 100.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: politics united-states government democracy society-and-culture protests

Book: Fear of cash in politics is overblown

"We are taking on the belief that money is to blame for all that ails American politics. The reality is very different. Money does not buy elections..."

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~14 min

Tags: business politics money united-states government democracy featured society-and-culture elections

What did ‘all men are created equal’ mean in 1776?

We tend to interpret "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence to mean individual equality. That's not right, says historian Jack Rakove.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history holidays united-states government democracy slavery featured society-and-culture

2016 election prompts big question about role of journalists

The 2016 election has forced an ethical examination of the role of journalists: Are they neutral disseminators of information, or impassioned advocates for truth?

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: ethics journalism united-states democracy society-and-culture elections us-presidents

Uruguay quietly beats coronavirus, distinguishing itself from its South American neighbors – yet again

Pandemic devastation surrounds it on all sides, but tiny Uruguay has COVID-19 under control – just the latest win for a country that's always stood out.

Jennifer Pribble, Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, University of Richmond • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus south-america latin-america democracy uruguay public-trust

US founders feared distrust would undo democracy

"The fate of democracy has always depended on the balance of power between those who rule and those who are ruled."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history trust united-states government democracy featured society-and-culture

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus politics policy spain italy social-distancing viruses united-states germany mortality democracy countries

Historian: VE Day highlights complex legacies of WWII

For VE Day, a historian looks back on what we should remember and what we've forgotten about the day the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's surrender.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history world-war-ii democracy featured society-and-culture wars

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