John Medearis

John Medearis

John Medearis teaches political theory at the University of California, Riverside. His new book, Why Democracy is Oppositional, will be published in 2015.


“Politics,” As Usual

For Americans today – particularly for bloggers, Senators, reporters and activists -- it’s pretty much always a definitive rebuke to accuse someone of “acting politically.” Reflexive disdain for political motives ...

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Wealth and the Natural Distribution Myth

Common wisdom says that the subject of economic inequality, while temporarily in vogue, is still a rhetorical minefield. In the half-century since Lyndon Johnson announced the beginning of a war ...

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The Moderate Middle’s Dirty Little Secret

Former Obama official Cass Sunstein explains in a recent article what a “wing nut” is: anyone, right or left, with “a dogmatic commitment to an extreme political view” that is ...

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Freeway to Serfdom?

Progressive commenters reeling from the “right to work” defeat in Michigan have in turns unmasked and (grudgingly) admired proponents of the new law. The unmasking is fairly easy. Michigan governor ...

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Streetcars and Pocket Boroughs

This past year saw an election cycle in which democratic voting rights were in question to a very troubling extent, despite claims by proponents of voter ID laws and limitations ...

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