Teri Kanefield

Teri has written novels, short stories, nonfiction for both young readers and adults, and lots of legal briefs. She is currently writing an overlapping series of biographies called the Making of America. Her political commentary has appeared on the NBC Think Blog and CNN.com. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Slate Magazine, and Scope Magazine. Her short fiction has appeared in the American Literary View, The Iowa Review, and others. For twelve years she maintained a private appellate law practice limited to representing indigents on appeal from adverse rulings. She believes with the ACLU that when the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled. She also believe with John Updike that the purpose of literature is to expand our sympathies. Teri lives with her family on the beautiful central coast in California.

GOP Kompromat: Follow Up Questions

The GOP doesn’t think they are dismantling the Republic. They think they are making America great again. They think they’re taking us back to the time America was great.

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Changing MAGA Minds

A real crisis causes myth and lies to collide with reality in a way that Trump is unprepared to handle.

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Two Views of History and Two Questions

We push forward, and the reactionaries push backwards. We build agencies, we create rules for fairness, they hate the agencies and break the rules. It never ends, unless we all give up.

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Responding to Cynicism

The antidote to cynicism is to hold onto your principles and remember that there are people who have them.

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Republicans and Fear

The parties are rule of law v. authoritarianism. People who embrace rule of law include former Republican conservatives, who must now get used to a big messy tent.

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