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Eric Posner

Eric Posner

Writing for PS since 2019
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Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, is the author, most recently, of The Demagogue’s Playbook: The Battle for American Democracy from the Founders to Trump.

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  1. Why Try Trump?
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    Why Try Trump?

    Feb 10, 2021 Eric Posner says the trial of the former US president by the Senate is clearly legitimate, but questions the charge.

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    The Logic of Effective Climate Action

    Barry Eichengreen

    The starting point for addressing climate change, economists agree, is a tax on carbon. But while the resulting reduction in emissions would benefit virtually everyone on the planet, those who bear a disproportionate share of the costs will mobilize in opposition – that is, unless they are given a reason not to.

    argues that the best way to overcome organized resistance to a carbon tax is to buy it off.

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