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London Review of Books

Toward a Genealogy of Anti-Politics in the U.S.

In the latest London Review of Books, David Bromwich, the Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, published an oddly scattershot, but interesting, appraisal of President Obama following the Democrats’ recent electoral “shellacking.” Intellectual-historical assessments of our current president have been a recurrent theme of this blog (most recently in relation to James Kloppenberg’s keynote address at our recent conference), so Bromwich’s piece (which ventures in other directions as well) is likely of interest to our readers. Among the issues that Bromwich discusses is what one might call Obama’s metapolitics: Obama’s largest rhetorical miscalculation – and it bears part of Read more