Slavery’s Scar on the United States

If you’ve ever spent an entire lunch hour just staring at a map of the United States – what, people do that right? – you’ve probably noticed this one line that seems to run right across the middle of the country. Why is that line there? Well to figure that Continue Reading

Can States Ignore Federal Law?

On February 8th, Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a last-minute order to Alabama probate judges to deny same sex marriage licenses. This directly conflicted with a federal court decision on January 23rd, which legalized gay marriage in the state of Alabama. So, what happens now? Are states able to Continue Reading

Jefferson’s Wall: Church and State

While the phrase never appears in the constitution – it’s interpreted from two clauses in the first amendment. Separation of Church and State. It actually comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson where he describes a metaphorical wall between the two. So let’s talk about what it was, what Continue Reading

Constitution Lectures 4: Democracy or Republic? (HD version)

Welcome to Part 4 of our lecture series on the Constitution. This lecture deals with the kind of government the Constitution creates. Once again, we will be talking about the difference between the popular view of the Constitution and the reality behind it. More specifically, weíll talk about the idea Continue Reading

US Citizenship Test 2019 Naturalization Interview (Principles of American Democracy)

Congratulations! You are about to become a citizen of the United States of America but first you’ve got to pass a test. I’m Tom Richey. I’ve been teaching US history and government for about 15 years now and I’m gonna help you and if you pay attention I bet you’re Continue Reading

The Law of Democracy [No. 86]

So one of the oddities of the US Constitution is how little it has about the mechanics of ah the democratic process itself. There are some rules. Ah we know, for example, that the states uh are going to decide for themselves how to do districts, how to conduct elections, Continue Reading

Democracy is dead – Truthloader

Right, so before we start properly, I just want to issue a little disclaimer. This video might be misinterpreted as being anti-US or anti-business but it’s not, the reason that chosen to focus on the US is because the figures are much more readily available, which is actually a good Continue Reading

If at First You Don’t Secede • Democracy Handbook with Bassem Youssef Ep. 4

As-salaam alaikum, everyone! My name is Bassem Youssef. In my native Egypt, I was a surgeon— until the Arab Spring, when I realized my country itself had fallen ill. So I created a comedy show to help the nation heal. The people liked it, but the government, not such much. Continue Reading

Does The First Amendment Really Protect Speech & Religion?

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution might be the most frequently debated amendment in US history. Although it is regularly used as shorthand to talk about freedom of speech, it also includes a number of other important clauses, without which the US would be unrecognizable. So, what exactly Continue Reading

Putting Out the UnWelcome Mat • Democracy Handbook with Bassem Youssef Ep. 1

As-salaam alaikum, everyone! My name is Bassem Youssef. In my native Egypt, I was a surgeon— until the Arab Spring, when I realized my country itself had fallen ill. So I created a comedy show to help the nation heal. The people liked it, but the government, not such much. Continue Reading