It's easy to believe that we are doomed to choose between the lessor of two evils when picking our political leaders.
Ronald Riggio, the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, explains some of the reasons fueling that perception in a Psychology Today column.
“Sadly, we have only ourselves (and the political system we support) to blame,” Riggio writes. “Our perceptual biases, our human tendencies, and the way campaigns are run all combine to affect both who we choose as leaders, and how we perceive them.”
Roderic Camp, Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim, writes about Mexico's bumpy path democracy in the Oxford University Press blog.
George Thomas, the Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions at CMC, writes in the fall issue of National Affairs that the resurgence of popular democracy presents an opportunity to take a closer look at the importance James Madison and other founders put on "political leadership to refine, channel, and elevate popular wants."
Watch "12th Annual Constitution Day — Our Undemocratic Constitution" - YouTube video of Zach Courser at Reagan Library.
Donald J. Trump would govern by whim, not the laws and limits established in our founding document, John J. Pitney Jr., the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Politics, writes in USA Today.
“I feel very strongly about our Constitution,” Donald Trump told Fox News in January. “I’m proud of it, I love it and I want to go through the Constitution.” That comment was the political equivalent of “I’ll respect you in the morning” — another line that Trump has probably used from time to time, and one that's just about as meaningful.
Myra E. Moss Rolle, a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Government at CMC, died on July 26 in San Marino. She was 79.
Moss was a CMC professor of philosophy for 32 years, starting in 1975. She was chair of the department from 1992 to 1995.
She received her B.A. from Pomona College in 1958 and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in 1965. From 1958-1959, Moss was enrolled in the graduate program in Philosophy at the University of Rome.
CMC professor of political philosophy Mark Blitz sat down with Bill Kristol to discuss the meaning of individual natural rights and why they form the basis of American government.
Blitz and Kristol also considered critiques of American liberal democracy—among them that the American regime promotes inequality or leads to a lowering of standards. Blitz addressed these criticisms and explained why the American regime remains solid and defensible. The conversation is part of Kristol's Conversations with Bill Kristol series.
CMC welcomed students, faculty, and staff with calls for action, activism, and an inclusive spirit of community at its 70th annual convocation on Tuesday. It was the first convocation to be held at the new Roberts Pavilion.
Prof. Lee Skinner's new text, Gender and the Rhetoric of Modernity in Spanish America, 1850–1910, looks at how 19th-century Spanish American writers re-imagined gender roles, modernization, and national identity during Spanish America’s uneven transition toward modernity.
"According to pundits and political scientists, this summer's Republican convention was basically a reactionary reverie in racism and nativism by Donald Trump's white, working and lower middle-class political base," Prof. Fred Lynch writes in the Washington Examiner.