Washington Post, Aug 21, 2018 Republican leaders’ “focus on [Trump’s] record over [his] rhetoric is a striking deviation from how we are used to thinking of the power of the bully pulpit. “The key, whether first taboo or later enthusiastically embraced, has been an unflagging view, a through-line in American history that maintains just how…… Continue reading Speaking President
Vox July 16, 2018 “It is perhaps a distinctly American faith that authoritarians like Russian President Vladimir Putin rule purely by force, corruption, or trickery…How unctuous to agree with the Russian state media’s contention that Putin is ‘wildly popular’…”
The Case for Trump’s Nobel Washington Post, June 12 2018 “Despite the popular association of the Nobel with great thinkers, diplomats and statesmen, the prize has also routinely rewarded the undeserving, the frauds and the criminals. By its very nature, the dogged determination to reward “great men” of their time has led to a list…… Continue reading The Case for Trump’s Nobel
A new piece I wrote for The Washington Post
A new piece I wrote for The Washington Post:
…And with such a dense film follows readings: sociopolitical, racial, cinematic and particularly allegorical. None should collapse the meaning of Coogler and Joe Cole’s story into a singular message. But let me offer one about class.
In the second half of the 20th century, the United States underwent a fundamental political shift. Traditional party loyalties weakened. Ideological identification gained preeminence. The Grand Old Party became the party of the Right just as the party of FDR and JFK turned to the Left.yet today that great historical pivot toward ideological stratification between…… Continue reading The Decline of Ideas