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Five Pieces Worth Reading

5 pieces worth reading

Following the good example of our colleagues at the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation, VTIPG will share five articles each week that we find timely, meaningful, and that address critical concerns related to the state of our democracy and civil society. We hope to offer pieces that illuminate the varied dimensions of our governance challenges and the status of social norms that sustain the possibility of addressing these issues successfully.

If you’d like to share an article - and we encourage all to do so - please send it to Billy Parvatam.

April 25: These pieces focus on the Republican Party’s continuing disinterest in governance and its potential ramifications for the health of U.S. democracy.

May 3: These pieces focus on inflation's effect on budgets, comparisions between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Hungarian government, Elon Musks's reported acquisition of Twitter, Emmanuel Macron's reelection as French President, and if American democracy is currently failing.

May 9: These pieces focus on the impact of the Supreme Court's leaked draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, the danger of gaslighting COVID-19, and the role of higher education and unions in protecting democracy.

May 16: These pieces focus on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court following its leaked draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, the importance of secretary of state elections in November, failures of autocratic governments across the globe, Presiden Biden's rhetoric to frame the Russia-Ukraine war as a struggle for democracy, and the European Union's legislation to control Big Tech.

May 23: These pieces focus on the Republican party's embrace of 'stop the steal', a growing lack of confidence in the inevitability of social progress in the United States, the failure of the U.S. government to sucessfully combat domestic terrorism, Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano's desire to embrace Donald Trump's 'stop the steal lie', and the ongoing persecution of Muslims in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. 

May 27: These pieces focus on the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, specific reforms that could solve America's problem of gun violence, the failure of our government to properly respond, the impact of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's GOP primary win on the state of our democracy, and how redistricting has led to Congress's inability to address America's most pressing needs. 

June 10: These pieces focus on the importance of the upcoming U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol televised hearings to fully repudiate the Big Lie, the executive and legislative branch's role in the decline of democracy, the failure of democratic institutions to pass legislation supported by the majority of the American people, growing job insecurity, and a fear to raise children in today's challenging times.

June 21: These pieces focus on Democratic Party officals concerns about a potential President Biden 2024 reelection campaign, a poll that shows that a majority of Democrats and Republicans believe American democracy will cease to exist in the future, how the Constitution has been a barrier of equality for Black Americans, a GOP-led comission in New Mexico has refused to certify the results of a June primary, and an opinion piece that argues how Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department should consider a criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump. 

June 28: These pieces focus on the impact of the Supreme Court's decision to officially overturn Roe v. Wade on both women and U.S. democracy, the lessons The United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has learned from televised hearings of the past, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's opinion on the state of U.S. democracy, and what authoritarian leaders like Xi Jimping and Vladamir do not understand about the benefits of democracy despite how messy it can be.