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Federalism news and analysis from The Nation
February 10, 2021
The Case for Blue-State Secession
It’s the only way to ensure democracy and equal justice, not just for blue-state residents but for citizens in all 50 states.
September 29, 2020
Should the United States Stay United?
A conversation with Richard Kreitner about rethinking the history and the meaning of secession.
July 21, 2020
Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s Alternative Progressive Vision
We spoke to the Harvard law professor and philosopher about his incisive articulation of a different kind of progressivism.
April 28, 2020
The Federalist Fight Against Fascism
Progressive states and attorneys are charting their own course, using the courts to rein in an out-of-control president.
April 22, 2020
Trump’s Potemkin Presidency Keeps Making the Pandemic Worse
There is no federalist solution to Covid-19 so long as the president keeps pushing magical thinking and incoherent policies.
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April 3, 2020
Trump Helps Big Business Profiteer Off Our Misery
The White House’s Darwinian federalism gives corporate greed a pass while scapegoating political opponents.
April 1, 2020
When Confronting the Coronavirus, Federalism Is Part of the Problem
That some cities and states have stepped up to fill the gap left by Trump’s catastrophic failure is a matter of luck, not design.
August 15, 2019
India’s Government Has Undermined the Very Essence of Federalism and Democracy
With a precedent like the decrees on Kashmir, what will prevent the government from imprisoning possible critics elsewhere, then ripping up another state?
July 18, 2017
ALEC Is Talking About Changing the Way Senators Are Elected and Taking Away Your Vote
A proposed resolution advocates for overturning the 17th Amendment so Republican-controlled state legislatures could pick senators.
February 8, 2017
Did Trump Break the Law With His Executive Order on Regulations?
A new lawsuit filed in DC makes the case.