Politics

The End of Trump

Recent events ratify what Trump skeptics have said all along: that he is utterly unprepared to be a serious candidate, let alone president of the United States.

From Rubella to Zika

Remembering responses to the rubella crisis might inform our reactions to Zika. Advocacy for mothers and appreciation for the work of pregnancy should be priorities.

Hidden in Plain Sight

The three new works reviewed here demonstrate that there are still new and important things to say about the twentieth century’s emblematic tragedy.

'Why the Right Went Wrong'

Rather than a triumph, Dionne says "the history of contemporary American conservatism is a story of disappointment and betrayal.” But is his diagnosis correct?

Let Trump Be Heard

The Chicago anti-Trump protests exemplify an ugly strain of illiberalism, one that makes the right to expression contingent on the content of a speaker’s views.

Arizona's Voting Rights Alarm Bell

An outrage was perpetrated against voters in Arizona, and we can't ignore the warning that the disenfranchisement of thousands of its citizens offers our nation.

Mailer on Trump

What forces and resentments has Donald Trump tapped into, for they're surely more than just political? It's just the kind of question Norman Mailer could illuminate.

It's About Democracy

The conservatives who use “judicial activism” as a battering ram against liberals are the real judicial activists. That explains their opposition to Merrick Garland.

Going to Extremes

In a span of about twelve hours, Americans got definitive evidence that the Republican Party is in thrall to its most ideologically and tactically extreme forces.

Good for Everyone?

It has long been a truism among economists that free trade is the ideal. But maybe it's time to consider the harsher lessons of the past fifteen years.

GOP R.I.P.?

The “rebellion” of mostly white, working-class voters that Donald Trump has cynically appealed to could destroy an enduring institution. It has only itself to blame.

The GOP Vulgarians

Call me old-fashioned, but I have an elevated view of what politics can be and can achieve, in good political moments and bad. But in the GOP, it's not going well.
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