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Essays

Nov 14th 2016

Since the news broke of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States, there has been much incredulity and analysis. How was it that someone as aberrant as Trump could emphatically beat Clinton and gain so much support from Christian voters?

Nov 12th 2016

Evangelicals, or born-again Christians, account for approximately 25.4% of the US population – and Donald Trump should thank them for their support.

Nov 11th 2016

the election results rolled in last night, it became increasingly clear that America — and the world — would never be the same.

Nov 10th 2016


The last eulogy I gave was at my father’s funeral. The time has come to give another, this one my last, paying homage to an America I thought I knew but did not.

Nov 10th 2016

The Democratic Party has been the Establishment for eight years, and the Clintons have arguably been the Establishment for 24 years.

Nov 9th 2016

This election was a ridiculously long and sad spectacle, as well as being a total media circus, and said something rather unfortunate about what we appear to have become as a nation.

Nov 9th 2016

It’s over: Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. The election that elevated him to this office has been brutal, ugly and bizarre. It has poisoned the well of American democracy, and the toxins it has introduced are unlikely to disperse anytime soon.

Nov 4th 2016

The historian Richard Hofstadter wrote a still widely read 1964 essay for Harper’s Magazine outlining what he called the “paranoid style” in American politics.

Nov 4th 2016

After using his presidential campaign to denigrate women, Latinos, Muslims, African Americans, war veterans and the disabled – among others – Donald Trump is rounding off the election by attacking some of the fundamental institutions of American democracy.

Nov 3rd 2016

Throughout the US’s 2016 presidential election, the polls have consistently shown that Republican candidate Donald Trump lags well behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among the country’s ethnic minorities.

Oct 29th 2016

When Elizabeth Warren was campaigning with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire last Monday, she expressed a wish that so many of us now share, when she promised Donald Trump that “on November 8th, we nasty women are gonna march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes t

Oct 29th 2016

If you’re reading this in a comfortable chair, surrounded by tasteful soft furnishings and perhaps even a candle or two, that sense of cosiness you’re feeling might just be hygge.

Oct 28th 2016

More than any time in over fifty years, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has provoked a serious discussion of the threat of fascism at the level of presidential politics.

Oct 27th 2016

In what may turn out to be a new genre in book publishing, 26 veteran American journalists have joined forces to produce a nostalgic look back at the good old days of newspapering that all went so suddenly “poof”.

Oct 27th 2016


We are engaged in asymmetrical warfare: telling a lie is easy, while disproving a false claim is difficult. But disprove we must.

Oct 27th 2016

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently announced a $3 billion effo

Oct 27th 2016

As the madcap, ugly 2016 election nears its end, one thing is clear: most Americans don’t trust either of their main choices for president.

Oct 25th 2016
I still can’t get over the surprise — or should I say shock — of hearing a Sikh woman implore other Sikhs to vote for Donald Trump. This was at Gurudwara, a Sikh temple, in San Jose, Calif.

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