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Thomas F. Schaller

Columnist

Thomas F. Schaller is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of "Whistling Past Dixie." His column appears Wednesdays in The Sun.

Recent Articles

  • The allegory in 'The Wizard of Oz'

    The allegory in 'The Wizard of Oz'

    — Seventy-six years ago this month at a quaint, 330-seat theater here called the Cape Cinema, "The Wizard of Oz" — believed to be the most-watched movie in history — premiered.

  • The sad truth of the lone wolf terrorist

    The sad truth of the lone wolf terrorist

    A heavily armed man in his early 20s, acting alone but perhaps radicalized by political resentments, opens fire in a sacred public space, killing several innocent and unarmed people in a sad tragedy that immediately sparks a national debate about the face of American terrorism.

  • The GOP's four advantages

    The GOP's four advantages

    Our political system remains polarized and divided between the two major parties, but in our present era of division the Republicans benefit from what I call four interconnected and mutually-reinforcing "structural asymmetries." Allow me to unpack each.

  • South Carolina's racist history

    South Carolina's racist history

    The massacre by a young white man, according to police, of nine African Americans last week at a Charleston church Bible study has drawn the nation's attention to lingering racial hatred in America. If there is a more appropriate place to draw that attention than South Carolina, I don't know it.

  • Our electoral structure not only shuts out third parties; it shuts out women

    Our electoral structure not only shuts out third parties; it shuts out women

    During lectures and public appearances, I'm sometimes asked why Libertarians and other third-party movements make ample noise yet never win a sufficient number of elected offices in the United States to at least rattle the cages of the Democrats and Republicans, who have enjoyed their two-party...

  • Can the GOP win back the White House?

    Can the GOP win back the White House?

    So far, the 2016 Republican presidential primary is a complete puzzle to me.

  • Four policy changes that could improve race equality in America

    Four policy changes that could improve race equality in America

    For daring to suggest that the social unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray's death was about race, I received the usual spate of critical emails. Many included one or both of two victim-blaming tropes.

  • Why Baltimore burns for Freddie Gray

    There are fires in Baltimore. This may add fuel to them, but so be it: Freddie Gray's April 19th death while in police custody is almost entirely about race.

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