Category: Politics & Power

The Triumph of “Buchananism”

Although President-Elect Donald Trump may have been insincere, when he insisted that he was only the “messenger” and not the personal cause of his sudden rise to political prominence over the last year, he was correct to say it....

A Republican Truce for Beyond 2016

As Election Day approaches, many Republicans are still weighing their options for president. During the past few months, the civil war within the Republican Party has escalated. In the wake of recent scandals, several prominent Republicans ...

Professor-in-Chief

After the second, town hall-styled presidential debate pundits raved, and perhaps rightly so, about Hilary Clinton’s ability to handle the format. The former first lady received high rankings from observers on her ability to field questions...

Election Reflections, 2016 (Part 1)

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] With the exception of one big think piece on our almost-certainly-soon-to-be-POTUS, Hillary Clinton, I’ve been quiet this presidential election. I think that’s because, in the midst of all the out...

Trump in Context

Sioux Center, Iowa. In what he represents, Donald Trump is not as unique as either his admirers or his despisers think. How do we explain the Trump phenomenon? When he announced his candidacy for president, no one believed that he had a rea...

Twenty Years Now, Where’d They Go?

The Future of Freedom Foundation has reprinted “The Empire versus Little America,” my speech from what was, in a parallel universe, the epochal 2010 conference that begat the peace group Come Home, America. This gives me an excu...

Mr. Maturen Goes to Washington

  Queens, NY Many of us have, I imagine, indulged over the course of this summer in a certain amount of GOP doomer porn– reading (and writing, and talking about) thinkpieces that diagnose (or predict, or call for) the end of the ...

Would Rabbit Angstrom Vote For Trump?

Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, a former high school basketball star with a spiritual yearning and an outsized libido, may be both John Updike’s most famous and most despised literary character. But Rabbit is also something of a George Babbit for ...