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About Russell Arben Fox

Russell is a resident of Wichita, KS, an associate professor of political science at Friends University, a liberal communitarian and a Christian socialist, and a person who has long had, and who continue to have, a loving, occasionally oppositional, and all-around complicated relationship with one of the founders of this fine website.

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Thoughts on Wolin

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Yesterday evening, at the reception to mark the opening of this year’s Association for Political Theory conference, a moment of silence was asked for to honor the legacy and the passing of Sheldon S. Wolin, a tremendously incisive and important political theorist and historian of political philosophy who passed away


Explaining Sanders’s “Socialism” to Kansans

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I appreciate the kind attention which The Wichita Eagle recently paid to us local Democrats, progressive liberals, Christian socialists, and various others who are working to promote Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president. We’re doing it for many different reasons: perhaps because we believe that Sanders would make an excellent

What Cuba Teaches us About Equality, Sustainability–and Poverty

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Every since President Obama announced that the U.S. would relax its travel and economic restrictions on and open up normal diplomatic relations with Cuba, the predictable people have been making the predictable denunciations, while the American people have seemed pretty clearly able to recognize–at least this once!–a pointless policy leftover

What Happens When Parties and Elections Change, and Constitutions Don’t

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Yesterday, Ezra Klein summed up the Obama presidency thusly: “Obama [has] pushed more change through the political system than any serious observer expected….[b]ut he’s done it by accepting–and, in many cases, accelerating–the breakdown of American politics. Judged against the rhetoric of his [2008] campaign, his presidency has been both an

Three Takes On Anarchism

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I’ve developed some relatively new intellectual interests over the past year. The most important–at least in terms of its likely long-term impact on the research work I’m doing–is an increased engagement with urban communities, and how questions about governance play out differently depending on the scale of the community in

Defunding and Democratic Despair, Again

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Well, we know where the New York Daily News stands in regards to the current government debacle. As for me, well, I’m afraid I find myself thinking pretty much the exact same thing I thought back in 2011, the last time that the electoral structures which produce the incentives that

Dear Congress: Please Make President Obama Look Bad on Syria (Even if Your Reasons for Doing So Are Wrong)

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] To Senators Roberts and Moran and Representative Pompeo, Sometime in the next week or so, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will schedule votes on whether or not Congress will give its authorization (or, depending on who you talk to or what the language

Orson Scott Card, Unoriginal Fantasist

So, I see exploding all over the internet the news that science-fiction author Orson Scott Card has waxed lyrical (at nearly 3000 words) about a “silly thought experiment” in which President Obama–who is a vicious and contemptuous tyrant at heart–uses his backroom Machiavellian flunkies to destroy Hillary Clinton’s incipient candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination

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