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People at rally on January 6 leaning on barricades on East Capitol lawn before siege of capitol

Let’s Define ‘Legitimate Political Discourse’

Looking at the entirety of what occurred on Jan. 6, 2021, it’s clear that there was both legitimate protest and illegitimate political violence. When political violence replaces political discourse, and when political leaders refuse to play by the democratic rules of the game, democracies weaken, and may even die.

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Group photo of 1950s students

Equality Smatters

The incoming president of the Linguistic Society of America reflects on his own primary education and how public education across the nation tends to perpetuate the class structure.

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Joel Mokyr

Joel Mokyr on Economic Lessons from the Past

In this podcast, Northwestern University’s Joel , Mokyr tells interviewer Dave Edmonds, “I use economics to understand history, and I use history to understand economics.”

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Mob outside U.S. Capitol

Learned Commentary on the Legacy of January 6 Attack

January 6 provided both a natural experiment for current research and a chance to see if past predictions might play out as expected. This collection of academic commentary on the attack should add ore light than heat to the discussion.

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