In my new essay for CounterPunch, I write about the work of one of the most profound and brilliant poets and multidisciplinary artists, Himali Singh Soin. Her work provokes us to deeply consider the climate crisis, ecological destruction, nuclear radiation, and friendship and love. I had the pleasure of interviewing her for the story. Read at CounterPunch.
Tag Archives: Politics
New Essay at the New Republic: The Right-Left Arsonist Alliance Supporting RFK Jr.
In my new essay, I examine the freakshow of Robert Kennedy Jr.’s run for the presidency, and consider why so many anti-liberal phony leftists are reacting with enthusiasm. Read at the New Republic.
New Essay at Washington Monthly: Timothy McVeigh and the Republican Party
In my new essay for the Washington Monthly, I review Jeffrey Toobin’s excellent book, Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism. In a riveting chronicle and aggressive argumentation, the book makes clear that McVeigh’s ideology is now mainstream Republican Party politics. Read to learn more on how that ideology was responsible for the deaths of 168 people in Oklahoma, and now threatens American democracy.
Read at the Washington Monthly.
Interview with Anthony DiMaggio, a leading scholar on the threat of Right Wing Extremism
I recently interviewed one of the leading scholars on far right extremism – a great academic voice warning us about the dangers facing democracy – Anthony DiMaggio. DiMaggio is a political scientist at Lehigh University, and the author of several books on American politics, including the most recent, Rising Fascism in America: It Can Happen Here. Along with a team of researchers, DiMaggio is releasing groundbreaking and important studies of the prevalence of far right extremism in the US, critical to understanding the nature of the threat and how to mitigate it.
Read the interview at the Washington Monthly.
Arlington Road: The Conspiracy Thriller that Foresaw the Spread of Far Right Extremism
I have a new essay at CrimeReads. Part movie review and part political analysis, my new story delves into how Arlington Road, despite its flaws as a film, was prescient and profound regarding the threat of right wing terrorism in the United States.
Read at CrimeReads.
Appearance on Take on the South Podcast
I was thrilled to sit down for an interview with Kent Germany, an American historian, for the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina’s podcast, Take On the South. We discussed the momentous life and influence of Jesse Jackson, paying particular attention to his formative years in South Carolina. Listen here!
A Review of Norman Mailer’s Political Writing
I have new essay in the Washington Monthly on the political work of Norman Mailer, and his strengths and weaknesses as a writer and social critic. He was prescient about the rise of fascist politics in the US, but off the mark on many other topics. Above all, he was fascinating, and composed some of the finest sentences in American literature. Read at the Washington Monthly.
Ted Kennedy’s Lonely Liberalism
I recently read three books on the late Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy, and wrote a review for the Washington Monthly. In the essay, I also consider the efficacy and future of the democratic liberalism that Kennedy so effectively represented and advanced.
Revisiting “Scarecrow” and John Mellencamp’s Heartland Populism
I’ve written an essay on John Mellencamp’s masterpiece, Scarecrow, for the Progressive, and its enduring musical and political relevance. Read at the Progressive Magazine!
New Essay at The New Republic: The Growing Religious Alliance to Ban LGBTQ Books
I have a new article in The New Republic about the hateful campaign of book banning and censorship taking place in Dearborn, Michigan. It foreshadows the formation of a dangerous and powerful new religious right. Christian evangelicals have joined forces with conservative Muslims, putting aside their differences, to advocate for homophobia.
What is happening in Dearborn very likely functions as a preview for the future of fascism in the United States: Theocratic bullies clasping hands to assault not only LGBTQ rights, but educational freedom, public officials who oppose their agenda, and democracy itself.
I owe gratitude to Brandon Will, who was born and raised in Dearborn, for his generous research assistance.
Read at The New Republic.