What to expect from the Trump years, and why.

Summary: The media overflow with hysterical predictions about the next four years, but few well-grounded visions. Here is a brief look at  some of what we can expect, and why, and what these events reveal about ourselves. What makes America great? Great for whom? Investors have pushed US stock to near-record valuations (record valuations on … Continue reading What to expect from the Trump years, and why.

Payback time! Will Trump and conservatives crush their foes?

Summary: Op-eds about the Trump administration discuss people and policy, as if Washington were run by Vulcans. They seldom mention the desires for revenge and to crush their foes. What role will these motives play in the actions of Team Trump? Much of the Left's hysteria is fear that he will to do treat them … Continue reading Payback time! Will Trump and conservatives crush their foes?

The GOP convention has done its job. Here are some highlights.

Summary: The Republican convention has served us well by showing us what we will get if we pull the level for GOP candidates on November 8. Here are some of the highlights. (1) GOP plans to build a New America "50 Shockingly Extreme Right-Wing Proposals in the 2016 Republican Party Platform" by Steven Rosenfeld / … Continue reading The GOP convention has done its job. Here are some highlights.

The Right struggles to understand Trump and populism

Summary: With victory at the GOP convention appearing more certain every day, the Right struggles to understand the resurgence of populism, so long suppressed. Here are two essays showing how they're doing so far -- by a neocon and conservative. Both remind us that populism is a political movement distinct from conservatism, and need not … Continue reading The Right struggles to understand Trump and populism

The Donald Trump revolution, dismissed as all revolts are in the beginning

Summary: Donald Trump's assumption of leadership of the right wing of American politics, and perhaps of the Republican Party, marks a milestone in our history. Even if he burns out, we see in him the outlines of a greater leader to follow. Meanwhile the machinery of Republic lies unused, as we tell ourselves there is … Continue reading The Donald Trump revolution, dismissed as all revolts are in the beginning