Category Archives: Politics – Trump & Republicans

Review of Aaron James’ “Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump”

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If you are interested in knowing about assholes, Aaron James is your man. In the rather new and thin study of asshology, James has emerged as the leading voice. His Assholes: A Theory was a New York Times bestseller in 2012Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump is his more recent sequel … Continue reading Review of Aaron James’ “Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump”

Why Do Conservatives Tolerate Trump?


German soldiers parading through Lübeck in the days leading up to World War I.

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Oh, the times they have a’ changed, but not for the good. As Jonathon Freedland has noted in an opinion piece in the Guardian, the recording released in late July by Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, speaking to Trump about the need to pay hush money to Karen McDougal, would have likely been enough to undo any recent presidency, including Clinton’s. It implicates the president not only in the sordid affair but in possible campaign finance breeches. Continue reading Why Do Conservatives Tolerate Trump?

How Democracies Die: Trump and American Democracy

Trump’s long-term effect on American democracy: How worried should we be?

Retired mathematics professor Doug Mudar penned the above-named essay Monday on his blog “The Weekly Sift.” Its careful analysis reflects a well-ordered mind molded by the rigors of earning a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Chicago. Mudar begins with a partial list of just a few of the many things that are concerning about the current regime. Continue reading How Democracies Die: Trump and American Democracy

Trump is an Existential Threat

German soldiers parading through Lübeck in the days leading up to World War I.

Here are a few more pieces warning us about our (quite possible) forthcoming doom.

In “Trump is an existential threat — but we can’t give in to pessimism,” Conor Lynch writes that “Donald Trump could fulfill all the most dire prophecies of 20th-century theory.” Continue reading Trump is an Existential Threat