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:
A new piece I wrote for The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://www.chronicle.com/article/Trump-Is-the-New-/241533?cid=wsinglestory_41_1 .
Dear Editor, In Tariq Ali’s April 3, 2017 editorial in the New York Times, Mr. Ali wove together a good story of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s Russian ascent to power. Yet Ali’s nearly hagiographic essay is not even really about Leninism but a simplified take on Marxism. Ali’s Leninism (Marxism) reads as a singular, coherent idea whose…… Continue reading Letter to the Editor, New York Times: On “What Was Lenin Thinking?”
To many (most) it has come as a surprise that the United States has no laws instructing the president to de-conflict his business ventures that overlap his duties as commander-in-chief. No laws mandate the selling off of foreign investments. No laws demand the transformation of companies into blind trusts…