Robert Weissberg

Robert Weissberg is a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Latest by Robert Weissberg in Chronicles

  • Vital Signs
    September 1, 2001

    Who's Slave and Who's Massa?

    Of all the strange bedfellows that politics attracts, one of the oddest is the enduring liaison between the black civil-rights establishment and white liberal academics.

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  • Election Day: A Means of State Control
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    November 1, 1996

    Election Day: A Means of State Control

    Interpreting elections is a national spectator sport, offering as many "meanings" as there arc board-certified spin doctors. Nevertheless, all of these disparate revelations, insights, and brilliant interpretations share a common, unthinking vision: elections, despite their divisive, contentious character, exist to facilitate citizen power over government.

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  • Shadowmetrics
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    February 1, 1996

    Shadowmetrics

    The public opinion poll has become an ubiquitous feature of modern life. Seventy years ago, there were no professional pollsters. Fifty years ago only a handful—Gallup, Roper—served as takers of the public pulse.

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  • Vital Signs
    June 1, 1994

    The Death of Natural Causes

    Let us begin with the obvious: sooner or later, everyone dies. Even Bill and Hillary say they know that. No amount of money will head off the inevitable. We cannot "cure" death like we might rebuild our inner cities or clean up the air. At best, we can use modern medicine to cheat death for a few years.

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  • Vital Signs
    January 1, 1994

    Food, Felons, and Foreign Aid

    America's attempts to help the former Soviet Union have proven exceptionally frustrating. Nearly all government officials. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, realize that something ought to be done.

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