Paul Rosenberg,

Paul Rosenberg

Long Beach, CA, United States

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Past articles by Paul:

From Bush to Trump to Jan. 6: The rise and fall of "constitutional conservatism"

After the collapse of the Bush presidency, the right tried an ambitious rebranding effort. How did that turn out? → Read More

How to fix the Supreme Court: Congress has the power, and simply isn't using it

Historian David Gans on the lessons of Reconstruction, when Congress enforced reforms on a stubborn Supreme Court → Read More

How to end gridlock and ensure Democratic power — with a bold progressive agenda

Ambitious policy solutions can break through partisan paralysis and change America. It's time to go big → Read More

What's behind Elon's Twitter disaster? A fundamental misunderstanding of 'free speech'

As was widely predicted, there's been a great deal of chaos since Elon Musk purchased Twitter: Advertisers fleeing, mass firings, hate speech spiking, a plague of fake accounts, even talk of bankruptcy. At this point it's easy to forget the early warning signal when Musk tweeted a link to a baseless... → Read More

What's behind Elon's Twitter disaster? A fundamental misunderstanding of "free speech"

Social media experts saw this all coming: Engineers don't understand freedom of speech, community or human behavior → Read More

Power, politics and persuasion: Why Democrats don't win — and how they can fight back

Anand Giridharadas' new book tackles tough questions: How to challenge dominant narratives — and win elections → Read More

How 'religious freedom' became a right-wing assault on equality and the rule of law

The Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade sent shockwaves through the American electorate. But as shocking as the destruction of a fundamental right may be, more radical changes may lie ahead, as Andrew Seidel warns in his new book, "American Crusade: How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing ... → Read More

How "religious freedom" became a right-wing assault on equality and the rule of law

"American Crusade" author Andrew Seidel on the radicalized Supreme Court and its quest to enshrine Christian power → Read More

How Justice Scalia created chaos: "Originalism" is just right-wing ideology in disguise

Berkeley law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky on the incoherent, dishonest ideology that has warped the Supreme Court → Read More

How the right is winning the hashtag wars — and how progressives can fight back

Scholar Francesca Bolla Tripodi on how the right weaponizes social media, and "hashtag resistance" isn't working → Read More

Beyond the right-wing panic: Why "critical race theory" actually matters

Long before the racist backlash, critical race theory was a useful tool — for explaining racist backlash → Read More

Political scientist explains how states serve as a 'wrecking ball clearing a path for Trumpism'

Every week seems to bring a new stress fracture in American democracy to light. While the drama of the Jan. 6 hearings focuses attention on former Donald Trump's top-down predation, the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade has unleashed a torrent of state and local conflicts that only grow mor → Read More

How the states went nuts: Democratic backsliding in state capitals — and how to defeat it

Political scientist Jacob Grumbach on his new book and how U.S. states became "Laboratories Against Democracy" → Read More

Younger voters agree with Democrats — but don't trust them. Here's how to fix that

After Roe decision, Democrats have a golden opportunity to win back younger voters — if they actually stand up → Read More

Trumpism without Trump: He taught Republicans how to seize power — and they may not need him anymore

Donald Trump's recent endorsement struggles (most notably in Georgia) in the weeks leading up to House Jan. 6 hearings have led to renewed speculation that the former president is losing his grip on the Republican Party. In fact, recent reporting suggests that several prominent Republicans are likel → Read More

Trumpism without Trump: Maybe he's beginning to fade — but the danger to democracy isn't

Trump's 2020 "Lost Cause" ideology has taught Republicans how to seize power — and they may not need him anymore → Read More

Buffalo, Jan. 6 and the rise of partisan violence: These scholars saw it coming

Fox News and MSNBC are both to blame for this crisis, researchers argue — but one's a lot worse than the other → Read More

Military was told to purge "extremists" after Jan. 6 — so it went after a Black Muslim officer

The U.S. military's campaign against "extremism" may have become persecution of religious minorities. → Read More

Historians' first verdict on Trump: You're fired! But there's more to it than that

"The Presidency of Donald J. Trump" offers a wealth of valuable perspectives — but fails to measure the danger → Read More

Historian explains how 'freedom dreams' fueled the civil rights movement — and why we need them now

How does the historically impossible become reality? It's a timely question in the days after the U.S. Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. A crucial part of the answer can be found in "Living in the Future: Utopianism and the Long Civil R → Read More