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  • The Moral Collapse of J. D. Vance

    by Tom Nichols

    The "Hillbilly Elegy" author's standing as an honest voice on the right vanished as he decided embracing Trumpism was necessary for his Senate campaign. 



  • How Tucker Carlson Became the Voice of White Grievance

    "What emerges is a portrait of an ambitious television personality who came of age in privilege — having grown up in an upper-class enclave and attended private schools — but who, by his own telling, is a victim."



  • What the Hell Happened to the Claremont Institute?

    by Laura K. Field

    "Many of the people associated with Claremont, including several of its most prominent figures, have gone all in for MAGA—some even embracing its most authoritarian, paranoid, and racist strands."



  • Critical Race Theory is Just the New Buzzword in Conservatives’ War on Campuses

    by Lauren Lassabe

    "When understood in this historical context, it becomes clear that complaints about critical race theory are not genuine objections to one type of idea or teaching. Instead, this grievance is part of a far longer and larger campaign to reshape campuses by elevating conservative views and quashing liberal ones."



  • Who has Been Left Out of the History of the Equal Rights Amendment Battle? Men

    by Rebecca DeWolf

    Putting men back into the story of the ERA – both as opponents and advocates – helps to show that the Amendment was a struggle over whether sex should define opportunity and citizenship, not just a screen for projecting differing ideas of womanhood. 



  • The Far Right’s College Crusade

    "As some campus Republicans move toward the far right, what was previously an assault on higher education from groups based largely outside academe has become an inside job."


  • Cultures of Resentment among the Hitlerites and Trumpers

    by Walter G. Moss

    Recent essays have begun the work of understanding the resentments of Trump supporters. If this movement is to be stopped, proponents of liberal democracy need to address some of them, without necessarily condoning their motivations.



  • The White Men Who Wanted to Be Victims: Joe Darda's "How White Men Won the Culture Wars"

    by Chris Lehmann

    Joe Darda argues that the convergence of three cultural trends – the turn of the Vietnam veterans' movement away from antiwar politics and toward treating trauma, white ethnic identity politics, and the backlash to civil rights and feminism – birthed a potent strain of white male grievance politics in the 1970s that endures today.



  • What Liberal Comparisons between Bush-Cheney and Trump Get Wrong

    by Joseph Stieb

    Liberal critics of Liz Cheney have suggested she's a hypocrite, blasting Trump's "Big Lie" while having championed the deceptions that led to the Iraq War. This is an imperfect comparison, which ignores the real lessons of Iraq – that fixing the fact-finding process to fit a policy is a common and continuing danger. 


  • Are Republicans Courting Disaster with Trumpist Loyalty Tests?

    by Michael Landis

    The Antebellum Democratic Party purged itself of members who were insufficiently dedicated to slavery and white supremacy. It ended badly for the party and worse for the country. Will the Trump-dominated Republicans today heed the warning? 



  • House Republicans’ Leadership Fight Signals A New Direction

    by Zack C. Smith

    Intramural leadership fights in Congress are nothing new; a battle for Republican leadership that began with the Reagan Revolution led ove a decade to a party committed to confrontation. It remains to be seen what the fallout will be from today's purge of Liz Cheney from the Republican House leadership.