Where the center holds and we remember who we are.

“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold”

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”

from “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats

In 1977 a resistance organization was formed in communist Czechoslovakia called Charter 77…


This polarization is literally gonna kill us.

I got vaccinated against Covid-19. I think you probably should too.

That said, I think you have plenty of reason to be hesitant, frustrated, and annoyed. I was and am. I am pretty unhappy that I feel this way, because I shouldn’t have…


Credit: Christopher J. Beale, as posted in the Los Angeles Times

Who is ‘Us’ and who is ‘Them’?

It is … for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve…


Parallel Republic is moving into its new phase. Now that the startup is over, the basic bugs of the platform worked out, and a core team assembled we will be moving to a schedule of at least one major post per week by one of our writers, and extras from…


Who are we, as Americans? When you live in Europe for any length of time, you learn that — at least among those democracies — America has a very peculiarly contested identity. In Europe, it is still a concept clearly connected to ethnic groups; classical nations tied at least by…


Basically It’s all about Matthew McConaughey.

McConaughey at a Willie Nelson Concert (Fun fact: One of his first jobs was killing Armadillos)

So what’s the deail with the logo?

For reasons I genuinely can’t recall, I have always liked armadillos. I know I bought a small black onyx armadillo when I was 12 and dreamed of putting it on my dream car as a hood ornament…


Question for all my Readers — Why Do You Think Centrist Political Movements Fail?

So every now and again, I want to ask readers for some of their thoughts and questions. And now, since I have >checked dashboard< nearly 10 readers, I thought I might do this. You can answer…


The Long Read

Bigstock/Khakimullin

As I noted in the welcome post at Parallel Republic, the motivation to start this publication was driven in no small part by the feeling that either I am going crazy or nearly everyone I know is. …


E. de La Barrera, Wikimedia Commons

So, in light of last week’s discussion of D.C. Statehood, I have been (wisely) told that I should discuss whether Puerto Rico should become a state. I see no reason why Puerto Rico is not a perfectly acceptable candidate for statehood as soon as possible.

I say this both because…


Owen Byrne | Flickr

A Hot Take

This week Democrats in the House have (again) introduced a legislative resolution to extend statehood to D.C. I thought I would briefly lay out my initial thinking on this question based on my reading of the discussion in recent years. Given that constitutional political economy is my academic subfield, I…

Brandon Zicha

Liberal Arts College Professor who works on statistical and scientific approaches to politics, Decision-making and political institutions, and philosophy.

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