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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Yes, It’s that bad.

It’s been over five weeks since the unthinkable happened, and sadly, there is no reason at this point to think that our worst fears were less than justified. In my first post-election post, I predicted that Trump’s victory would embolden ...

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Inevitable Inequality?

Two good articles in today’s NY Times focus on the increasingly timely topic of economic inequality. One article covers the findings of a team of economists that economic inequality in the United States has burgeoned over the course of the ...

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Query to Readers

Google Analytics supplies me with statistics on the readership of this website—total readers, location by country and city, time spent on the site, etc. I’ve been happy to note a very substantial increase in readership this past month, which I ...

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The Latest from our Sociopath in Chief

If you have any doubt that the President-Elect of the United States is a genuine sociopath, you should check out Kevin Drum’s fine exposition and dissection of Donald Trump’s latest Twitter frenzy.  After showing how Trump had evidently spent his ...

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So, How did this happen? (II)

It is widely agreed that Trump’s electoral college victory drew critically on a revolt of the white working class (generally defined as whites lacking a college education), especially in rural America. Working class whites evidently have come to the conclusion ...

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