Don’t be fooled by the Americans taking to the streets. None of them want a real war.

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A decade after accepting Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, then-President Ulysses S. Grant delivered an address to a small gathering of military officers in Tennessee, projecting what the circumstances might be if America were to find herself in a Second Civil War.

If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason’s and Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance on the other.

Now, nearly a century and a half later, amidst the most dramatic presidential election…


If American voters abroad were a state, courting them would represent the biggest opportunity in politics

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As terrible as it would be to subject more of the world to the horrors of American campaign ads every four years, politicians should court the votes of citizens living abroad. They’re the most informed Americans to play virtually no role in the country’s national electoral politics, and they represent an opportunity. It would make the country more truly democratic, and it would make the electorate more Democratic.

The United States, admittedly, is especially touchy about foreign interference in its elections right now. It’s an open question whether Russian meddling or the specter of Russian meddling has actually done more…

Samuel Forster

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