All Politeia Articles

American politics and the big picture

  • America's Disappearing Workforce

    Where did America’s workers go? The future of the American economy may hinge on the answer. The US economy added 165,000 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell to 7.5%. But labor force participation...

  • When Can the President Target Americans?

    Imagine that the president of the United States could legally order the preemptive killing of any American citizen he deemed a potential threat to the country. A Justice Department white paper that was recently...

  • Can We Save the Human Race?

    We aren’t doing enough. The human race is in more danger than it might seem.

  • The Debt Ceiling Explained

    Congress created the debt ceiling crisis almost entirely on its own. Article I of the Constitution gives Congress what’s known as the “the power of the purse”: Congress alone can authorize spending, collect taxes,...

  • Why Do We Still Have to Work?

    As machines become more productive, the people who own them may be keeping a larger share of the profits.

  • Why Won't We Buy What Republicans Are Selling?

    “Consider two companies that are each given a billion dollars and ten months to close a sale,” Mohan Kompella says. “One does, the other doesn’t. What should the losing side do? Re-think its products, its...

  • America the Purple

    Looking at the electoral college map, it’s easy to imagine that the U.S. is a sharply divided country. The northeastern and western coastal states are all blue, while a broad band across the country is mostly red....

  • How Republicans Lost the Vote and Won the House

    President Obama got 51.4% of the popular vote and won essentially every swing state. Democrats probably picked up two votes in the Senate, even though more Democrats had to defend their seats. Yet Republicans will...

  • Turn Off the Election Coverage

    Sometimes what political science tells us is that we should pay less attention to politics. It’s easy to get caught up in the horse race aspect of the presidential election, especially since the news media has an...

  • How America's Wealth Vanished

    Americans aren’t worth as much as they used to be. Last week, the Federal Reserve survey of consumer finances found that the net worth of U.S. households declined 15% on average between 2007 and 2010. Because of...

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