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Thank Heavens for the Deep State

Thank Heavens for the Deep State

On the strength of Thursday’s news, we can reasonably assume that one of two things has happened. One possibility is that Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, decided to stage a piece of low-grade political theater in the hopes of somehow getting the Republicans ahead of a news cycle. More»

Refugees as a Weapon

Refugees as a Weapon

Perhaps the most difficult thing about trying to cope with the current state of politics in the United States is its utter ridiculousness. The ways of American politics have seldom been rejigged in such a revolutionary way, as is currently the case. More»

Love Is Still Around

Love Is Still Around

“Is it me or are a lot of people struggling with depression and insomnia right now?” When a friend in the United Kingdom posted this question a while back, most commenters focused on the winter weather there. I didn’t have that excuse. It’s almost always sunny in the Arizona desert. But that isn’t helping me this year, I responded, because “Trump creates his own weather.” More»

Trump's Mexican Standoff

Trump’s Mexican Standoff

For the last couple of days, the Mexican government been playing host to the redoubtable duo of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly. They have been, it will come as no surprise, trying to pour oil on the turbulent waters of the current relationship between the United States and Mexico. More»

Resisting Russiaphobia

Resisting Russiaphobia

We need to have a little talk. We’re panicking, you and I. We didn’t think Donald Trump would actually win. And we see that his administration has been an abomination so far. His reckless greed and racism are bad for the United States and bad for the world. More»

The U.S. Does Not Shortchange Christian Refugees: HRW

The U.S. Does Not Shortchange Christian Refugees: HRW

The constitutional challenge to Trump’s refugee and travel ban hangs on whether it discriminates against Muslims. Bill Frelick, director of Human Rights Watch’s refugee program, fact-checks the U.S. president’s defense of prioritizing Christian refugees. More»

Keeping it Classy

Keeping it Classy

If there is one thing the Trump brand invariably conveys it is class. From this ineluctable truth it is possible to read the underlying (and heretofore secret) history of the executive order that the running dogs of the mainstream media (and practically anyone with better than a fourth-grade education) have had the temerity to dub a Muslim ban. More»

The 'White Genocide' Myth

The ‘White Genocide’ Myth

When Drexel University politics professor George Ciccariello-Maher was targeted by the alt-right for Tweeting about “white genocide,” he later clarified that he was not advocating any violence but mocking anyone who believed that such a killing spree was occurring. More»

Nazi Spies and American "Patriots"

Nazi Spies and American “Patriots”

Once the spadework was done by the early Nazi agents sent into the United States, the web rapidly embraced native fascists, racketeering “patriots” and deluded Americans who swallowed their propaganda. More»

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

The dawn of the Trump Era was met with the sort of damp squib that might have suggested to a more thoughtful individual the brute realities of his situation. Habituated as he is to basking in the glow of the approbation outsized personal deference, the underwhelming crowd at his inauguration had the potential to act as a corrective More»

Zionists vs. the Diaspora

Zionists vs. the Diaspora

It gave plenty of people giggles when Csanad Szegedi, a high-ranking official in the Hungarian far-right and explicitly anti-Semitic party Jobbik, found out in 2012 that he was Jewish. After some soul searching, he revealed to Israeli newspapers Ma’ariv, and The Jerusalem Post, in the fall of 2016 that he had become a committed Zionist, would relocate to Israel, and enter politics. More»

Our Brave New World

Our Brave New World

I am wont, in these days of political turmoil, to find myself lying awake in the empty hours of the night. At such times I often read and reread the columns of Lewis Lapham. This is not only because of his consummate skill as a writer of short essays, but also because his writing from the 1980s, through the early noughties, functions like a sort of core sample of American culture. More»