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After Trump #2: Getting Populism Right

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Coming to grips with what the 2016 election means many things, especially for those of us who are hoping to find in Trump’s victory a wake-up call to think again, and better, about how to commit to and ...

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....

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...

A Presidential Proposal Worthy of the Porch

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] The blogger, pundit, screenwriter, and all-around mensch Noah Millman has come up with a brilliant idea–Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont, and Jim Webb, former U.S. Senator from Virginia, both o...

Rocky and the New Populism

Today we can easily forget how dark things looked in the 1970s and how much people feared that they might be living in the sunset years of our nation and its characteristic way of life. We forget how important patriotism and a belief in th...