Columbus Day

I’ve never been a believer in ethnic pride, so Columbus Day has never been a particularly important date for me. Nowadays, of course, Columbus has fallen into justified disrepute, his cruelties to the unfortunate inhabitants of the lands he “discovered” ...

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The Politics of Protest

In an earlier post, I supported the NFL “kneelers” protests as justified and appropriate. But I didn’t deal with a very important relevant issue: the political consequences of the protests. David Leonhardt took up that issue in his op-ed in ...

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America’s Exceptional Gun Problem

I was planning to do a follow-up post today on the NFL protest controversy, but in the wake of the horror in Las Vegas, it’s hard to talk about anything else, isn’t it?  The case for sane gun control laws ...

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Of Protest and Patriotism

You can never be sure with Trump. His attacks on African-American athletes certainly look like a calculated appeal to his base, who undoubtedly delight in seeing the President of the United States putting down uppity blacks. Or, they could simply ...

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Thanks, Hillary

I enjoyed Hillary Clinton’s interview with Stephen Colbert, but what most made me happy was that, in criticizing Trump’s UN speech, she said that it wasn’t “…the kind of message that the leader of the greatest nation in the world ...

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The Problem is…

Here’s an interesting round of arguments. It started with political scientist Lee Drutman, who diagnoses American politics as afflicted with “doom-loop partisanship,” meaning essentially that the two sides of the partisan divide view each other with extreme distrust and hostility, ...

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The Democrats and the White Working Class

Labor Day weekend is an appropriate time to talk about the Democrats’ problem with the white working class (WWC). The problem, simply stated, is that the WWC, once strongly inclined to vote Democratic, now mostly votes Republican. The problem has ...

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Afghanistan

Donald Trump has unveiled his new strategy for our war in Afghanistan: more of the same. Under the cover of characteristically bombastic rhetoric promising victory, Trump is staying the course left by Obama. Trump’s announcement has been widely criticized in ...

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What Free World?

In well-justified revulsion at Trump’s post-Charlottesville statements, several commentators I’ve seen in the past week have uttered variations on the idea that Trump’s stance was unfit for the leader of the free world.  I can’t help wincing a bit on ...

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Robert E. Trump

It has always been astounding to me that symbols of the Confederacy could enjoy any legitimacy whatsoever in American politics and society.   The Confederacy was, after all, a revolt against the United States of America. It was a revolt whose ...

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