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...

Hillary’s Communitarian Moment, and Ours

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Thirteen months ago, I wrote a blog post that provided a retrospective on a body of ideas on the 20th anniversary of the greatest level of influence they ever had in American discourse. A lot of people told m...

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 ...

The Alpine Heart

Liechtenstein is the 6th smallest country in the world, larger than San Marino but smaller than the Marshall Islands, and is roughly twice the size of the island of Manhattan.  The Principality is ruled by a stable royal family that is so p...

Going Down to Vanity Fair

Over a long and colorful career, the phrase “Vanity Fair” has called up wildly divergent associations, while often seeming to mean nothing at all. Is it a place? A quality? A feeling? A mood? Like such idioms as “under the weather” and “cut...

From The Multiversity Cave: Conclusion

Saginaw, MI Lee Trepanier This is the final post of a series that explored what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units tha...