Explaining the Exploding Clown Car

I had something else scheduled to appear today, but since readers might be making last minute changes to their syllabi to reflect recent events in the USA, here are some potentially useful resources for undergraduate instruction:

Zara Abrams, “What do we know about conspiracy theories?American Psychological Association, 18 November 2020.

Reza Aslan, “Is the Trump presidency a religious cult?Big Think, 15 April 2018.

Benedict Carey, “A Theory About Conspiracy Theories,” The New York Times, 28 September 2020.

Nicky Case, “To Build a Better Ballot: An Interactive Guide to Alternative Voting Systems,” December 2016.

Tyler Cowen, “The Theory of the Median Voter,” Marginal Revolution University.

Anna Kusmer and Carol Hills, “‘Even if a coup fails, it still damages your government’: What the US can learn from Sri Lanka’s coup attempt,” The World, 8 January 2021.

Richard Moulding et al., “Better the devil you know than a world you don’t? Intolerance of uncertainty and worldview explanations for belief in conspiracy theories,” Personality and Individual Differences 98 (2016): 345-354.

Radio Lab, “Tweak the Vote,” 5 November 2018.

James Purtill, “This model forecast the US’s current unrest a decade ago. It now says ‘civil war’,” ABC Triple J Hack, 17 June 2020.

Steve Saideman, “Why Do We Care About Ethnic Outbidding?Saideman’s Semi-Spew, 9 December 2015.

Milan W. Svolik, “Polarization versus Democracy,” Journal of Democracy 30, 3 (July 2019): 20-32.

Amanda Taub, “The Rise of American Authoritarianism,” Vox.com, 1 March 2016.

Brian Winter, “System Failure: Behind the Rise of Jair Bolsonaro,” Americas Quarterly, 24 January 2018.