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What’s Going to Happen to American Democracy?

by Dusty Sklar Discussed in this essay: How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Penguin/Random House, 2018, 320 pages.   THESE DAYS, all sane Americans are wringing their hands over the threats to our democracy posed by the Trump presidency and the Republican power monopoly in Washington. Two thoughtful Harvard professors of government have now […]

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July 6: The German Judge Who Challenged Hitler

German jurist Lothar Kreyssig, the only German judge (not Jewish) who challenged the Nazis’ “euthanasia” program of killing people who were developmentally disabled, died at 87 on this date in 1986. Kreyssig was working as a guardianship judge in a Brandenburg court when he protested the semi-secret euthanasia program to Nazi Minister of Justice Franz […]

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May 2: Lord Chief Justice

Harry Woolf, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2000 until 2005, was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England on this date in 1933. As Lord Justice of Appeal (appointed 1986) he was responsible for major prison reforms after sending letters to every prisoner and prison official in the country and receiving more than 1,700 replies […]

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