“There was no system for managing so sinister a mess.”[i] My post today follows up on my previous one from November 28th. Recalling that post, The Plot Against America is a fiction in the form of an alternate history. […]
Earth Day as a Stalking Horse for Reasserting WASP Hegemony, or An Early Moment in the Conservative Journey of Norman Podhoretz
The following guest post is by Daniel Oppenheimer, author of Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century. In June of 1970, after two years of existential crisis, Commentary magazine editor Norman Podhoretz broke a long authorial […]
In this installment of the Post-Trump Teach-In, I would like to continue by taking up some of the questions that were raised as we reviewed Robyn Wiegman’s great essay on whiteness.
“The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.” American novelists have long depicted ambivalent or even terrifying parts of our national experience, most often loneliness and isolation, that dark […]
The passing of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has been an occasion for academics and intellectuals to talk publicly of the role of Castro in both the Cold War and Third World struggles. Not that these can be separated (nor should […]
This past Sunday, just a few weeks shy of his fortieth birthday, the critic, blogger, and journalist Scott Eric Kaufman (known to many readers as “SEK”) passed away following a long illness. Scott’s work is probably familiar to most of […]
An important reminder from the management.* – TL *I wanted a less gender-specific or stereotypical image of “the cook” (or cook’s assistant), with the requisite humor, but I couldn’t find one.
Note: the following is based on a talk I gave one week prior to the election. Some of it will be familiar to those who have read my book, A War for the Soul of America: A History of […]
Today, we are excited to post an essay by our friend Ben Feldman: a meditation on the history and continuing significance of Baran and Sweezy’s Monopoly Capital, which turns 50 this year.
In last week’s post I suggested that—especially as intellectual historians—we prioritize the content of Trump’s campaign rhetoric over culling statistical data as a means of understanding Trumpism. Of course there is need for both, but it seems that pundits have […]