All posts by Baynard Woods

  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Not ‘Not Normal’

    Fetishizing the notion of normalcy is no way to condemn the Trump administration. I went down to the White House to see Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner give his excuses surrounding the meeting that he, Trump’s son, and...

    • Posted August 3, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Raising Hell in the Halls of Power

    Activist Medea Benjamin doesn’t stop working long enough to reflect much on her long career. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Medea Benjamin, the firebrand activist and author of a dozen odd books, looks surprisingly small in the midst...

    • Posted July 25, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Suppressing Dissent

    Police body cam video reveals details about Inauguration Day ‘kettling’ of protesters. JACKSON HOLE, WY – In police body-camera footage obtained by Democracy in Crisis, the scene in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2017, shows the war...

    • Posted July 18, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: DeMinted Constitutional Convention?

    A prominent conservative signs on to change the Constitution. JACKSON HOLE, WY – In the early years of the Obama era, then-Senator Jim DeMint embodied a series of contradictions in the American character. The hard-jawed and bitter-faced...

    • Posted July 12, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRSIS: Outrage and Ecstasy

    Queer dance party descends on Mitch McConnell’s house in response to health care repeal. JACKSON HOLE, WY – A swanky stretch of C Street near the Capitol in Washington DC is blocked by a raucous crowd dancing...

    • Posted July 5, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Batty Briefings

    Sad little scenes from the White House briefing room and what they suggest about the future of democracy. 1. The White House briefing room feels like a mansion’s pool house, but with the carpet of a church...

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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    The indictment of journalist Aaron Cantú portends a grim future for the First Amendment. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Dozens of defendants, each sitting with their own lawyer, fill a Washington, DC courtroom, looking like college students wearing...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: A Checkered Past

    Amid Comey chaos, lessons surface about the history of America’s Secret Police. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Hundreds of people lined up in the marble hallways of a Senate office building, hoping to get one of the 88...

    • Posted June 14, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: Reinventing the Underground, Part 1

    A countercultural exorcism and its missing young participants. JACKSON HOLE, WY – Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, poet and provocateur Ed Sanders shouted, “Out demons, out!” his arms raised in clenched fists above his...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: When We Stop Paying Attention

    Andrew Jackson, President Trump, Hitler and the seeds of global fascism. JACKSON HOLE, WY – I’m writing this week from North Carolina, the state that may be the center of our current illiberal, anti-democratic and yet ostensibly...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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