As Putin stood in his Kremlin office in the winter of 2000 he faced a Russia close to anarchy and teetering on the edge of collapse. The optimism of the past decade had collapsed along with the policies of the Yeltsin administration and the hope of a democratic Russia seemed further away than ever. Putin would respond to this crisis in a way that put his distrust, and quite frankly his disgust, for an open system fully on display. In just over a decade, Putin would replace the ‘wild west’ style of the Yeltsin years with a tightly controlled system of “vertical power.” By consolidating power and persecuting his enemies, Vladimir Putin would elevate himself into the position of a 21st Century Czar and truly turn his country into “Putin’s Russia.” Continue reading There is Bear in the Woods: Putin’s Russia
Winston Smith Everyone is on their best behavior when the cameras are running. The officers, the public—everyone. – Ron Miller, Chief of Police, Topeka (Kansas) Police Department In the previous installment of this series, I explored the broad historical … Continue reading Police Use of Force: Body Cameras
In just under 16 months, Marylanders will be going to the polls to elect a governor. Sitting Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who grew up in Maryland’s DC suburbs, will face off against a to-be-named Democrat. But who are all these Democratic candidates? And who has the best chance of winning this political fight? Continue reading Who can beat Larry Hogan?
Tom Warwick “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – FDR Almost a quarter of all American … Continue reading Taking on Child Poverty: A Policy Brief
Winston Smith An act of violence against any innocent person eludes moral justification, disgraces the millions of Americans and people throughout the world who have united in peaceful protest against police brutality, and dishonors our proud inheritance of nonviolent resistance. … Continue reading Police Use of Force: Brutality
Earlier this week President Trump announced that his administration would be withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Accords. Today, in this FBB Debate Special, John and returning contributing writer Roger Durling will square off over the question of whether or not President Trump’s decision is as big of a deal as it’s being made out to be. Neither John nor Roger saw each other’s arguments before they submitted their final drafts to Tom and Winston who edited the article into its current format. Continue reading FBB Debate Special: We’ll Always Have Paris