Matt Purple

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  • Oct 8, 2020
    Does representative democracy matter during a pandemic? Or do we dispense with it in favor of unchecked rule by executives and health departments?Those questions recently came to a...
  • Sep 25, 2020
    Donald Trump, his supporters say, is a man who fights. Yet that supposed fighting can sometimes feel more like Punch and Judy-style slapstick theater. In the Trump era, only the...
  • Jun 30, 2020
    First things first: Woodrow Wilson was a deplorable bigot and one of the worst presidents in American history. He re-segregated the federal government, glamorized the Ku Klux Klan,...
  • Jun 26, 2020
    Depicting revolutionary France, Dickens wrote, “Six tumbrils roll along the streets. Change these back again to what they were, thou powerful enchanter, Time, and they shall be...
  • Apr 21, 2020
    We’ve heard a lot lately about breaking the coronavirus curve. Now let’s imagine another graph, this one measuring time gone by on its X axis and public patience with...