Shrinks Arguing about Trump

Thirty-five psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers signed a letter to the NY Times yesterday opining that “…the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.” In a letter to today’s ...

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A Note on Political Language: “Reactionary”

Regular readers might have noted that I very seldom use the term ”conservative” to refer to Republicans and others who hold sharply right-of-center political views. That’s because I think the term “conservative” in most cases is misleading. I explained this ...

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Short Takes

Trump and the Court Donald Trump has named a man to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, but that vacancy should not exist–the slot should already have been occupied by President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, who was blocked by ...

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Mendacity or Delusion?

You already know who this post is about, don’t you? In this blog I have repeatedly pointed to Donald Trump’s habitual, brazen mendacity—an utter disregard for the truth that is surely unprecedented among US presidents. But what if Trump actually ...

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Trump the Transgressive

There are two broad reasons for being appalled at the Trump presidency. One is that this now appears almost certain to be the most radically reactionary administration in American history. The second is that Donald Trump is a sociopath–psychologically unfit ...

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Obama’s Legacy (II): Foreign Policy

Okay, since you know that I’m going to point to the empty upper half of the glass, I’ll start with the half-full part. President Obama’s foreign policy accomplishments are considerable, and whatever his successor does, they will have lasting value ...

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Obama’s Legacy (I): Domestic Policy and Politics

It’s natural that at this point in his presidency people have started talking about President Obama’s legacy, a topic that takes on particular poignancy in view of the presidential election result. Of course, history may well have a different verdict ...

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The Syrian Tragedy

I don’t know if Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut is generally regarded as a rising Democratic star on foreign policy issues, but he should be. His op-ed on Syria in today’s NY Times makes eminent good sense, as he usually ...

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Israel, The US, and the World

The  UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s colonization of the West Bank–passed by a 14-0 vote– should be uncontroversial. It merely states the overwhelming international consensus that Israel’s land grab is a flagrant violation of international law. Even if you ...

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Political Legitimacy in the Time of Trump

“Not my President!” is what at least one sign read during a recent anti-Trump demonstration. A perfectly understandable sentiment, but problematic. The plain, ugly fact is that Trump will actually be our president. I think it’s wrong, both in principle ...

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