American conservatism has not always been characterized by the lunacy we see today, and to conflate true conservative values with Trumpian populism is deeply unfortunate.
When it comes to the politics of this new age, do not disparage your Democratic representatives for playing hardball.
It is alarming that two nationalist parties in the same week both seemed to suggest that it is becoming appropriate to rewrite the history of nationalism itself.
Trump’s budget is a step toward a dysfunctional second-tier democracy and just a step away from depraved murder.
American politics might be a bit easier to affect, and to change, if most Americans and young, educated people especially sought to understand the business of lawmaking.
Every man to ever hold the office of the presidency has had his own unique style of maintaining it. Each one of them, from former President George Washington to former President Barack Obama, has found a different way of filling the chair. President Donald Trump’s relatively new presidential habits — underhandedly banning religions from entering […]
Since Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes, the right has, in its inimitable fashion, scrambled to rationalize its own ideological branding mechanisms. Streep called conservatives out, plain and simple, for living in a different kind of bubble: the anti-intellectual one. The new security blanket of the far-righters is a safe space of their own, […]
It is with a bittersweet sadness and burgeoning nostalgia that I acknowledge not only the end of the school year, but also the final episode of “Playing Politics.” I had scarcely arrived back in sunny Los Angeles in the early days of the semester when I began penning its first installment. So it is with […]
Congratulations again to Donald Trump, who has once more successfully received the negative national attention his campaign so clearly craves. Earlier this week, UC San Diego became the latest scene in a string of pro-Trump chalkings, in which racially motivated and hateful messages could be found on university grounds — most recently (and unsurprisingly) in […]
“We could lose Wisconsin,” read the email from Hillary for America, mass-dispersed the night before the primary. Well, you did, Hillary. And not because I didn’t chip in $1. I was admittedly surprised by the shock of Clinton supporters when Sen. Bernie Sanders took Wisconsin. Going into the primary, I can’t say I harbored much […]