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‘The Case For Trump’ Book Review

President Donald Trump during a news conference in the Rose Garden in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2018 (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

The Case for Trump, by Victor Davis Hanson (Basic Books, 400 pp., $30)

Victor Davis Hanson’s newest book is also one of his most personal. Hanson is a celebrated historian of war, a retired professor of classics, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a National Review columnist. But he is also a farmer in California’s Central Valley. He routinely peppers his articles and even his academic work with telling details about farming life and social realities in Selma, a town outside Fresno where he lives in the same house in which he was born and raised. In this book, as in his others, the glimpses of Selma come only in support of Hanson’s wider thesis, never as part of an effort to tell his personal story. Nevertheless,

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Volume 22 Number 3 Winter 2017/18: The Independent Review: The Independent Institute

Volume 22  Number 3  • 

Winter 2017/18

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International Socialist Review


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ISR Issue 57, January–February 2008


The politics of identity

SHARON SMITH argues that identity politics can’t liberate the oppressed

FIGHTING AGAINST oppression is an urgent issue in U.S. society today. Racism, sexism, and homophobia have all reached appalling levels—that seem only to rise with each passing year. White students in Jena hang nooses, and Black students end up in prison.1 Squads of Minutemen vigilantes patrol the Mexican border with impunity, for the sole purpose of terrorizing migrant communities.2 College campuses across the U.S. commemorate “Islamo-fascism awareness week” as if it were just another legitimate student activity.3 Fred Phelps and his Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church congregation regularly picket outside funerals of gay soldiers killed in Iraq, proclaiming that they belong in hell.4

To be sure, the problem extends way beyond the extremist fringe. Media pundits barely comment on the outrages described above, while

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California Political Review

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that four of the nation’s five largest banks have agreed to suspend mortgage payments for 90 days for California homeowners affected by the coronavirus. Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and U.S. Bank, along with about 200 state-chartered banks and credit unions, agreed to the 90-day grace period, he said. Congress, meanwhile, was […]

President Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom have been mutually complimentary during the coronavirus crisis, but they are on a collision course when it comes to how long to keep social distancing measures in place to blunt the pandemic. Californians could find themselves caught in the middle as Trump’s stated desire to start returning to normal […]

The White House

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Netflix’s The Society: Season 1 Review

It’s hard to pinpoint which Netflix Originals are going to catch fire and become a one or two week buzz with the streaming crowd, but if you’re a fan of The CW’s The 100 or William Golding’s Lord of the Flies – or even if you just wished CBS’ Under the Dome was good – then The Society is the new “teenagers forced to make really dark and difficult choices” show for you.Produced by Amazing Spider-Man’s Marc Webb and created by Party of Five’s Christopher Keyser, The Society is part Lost, part Kid Nation, and all disturbing. Admittedly, it has a clunky couple of intro episodes, and from time to time the stale small-town setting can create a feeling of monotony and bloat, but inside it all is a sinister look at what human beings will do when forced to create their own community from scratch.

The premise, which seems

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Our Sick Body Politic | National Review

Senator Elizabeth Warren answers questions from reporters in Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Elbridge Gerry in 1787: ‘The people do not want virtue’ and are duped by ‘pretended patriots.’ Was he right?

The presidential election of 2020 is 665 days away, but that did not stop Elizabeth Warren — the first major candidate to declare for the Democratic nomination (sorry, John Delaney) — from making appearances last week in Iowa. Her campaign account tweeted a picture of her stumping in the Hawkeye State, with the tagline “Democracy is restorative.”

Is it, though?

Sure, democracy itself is restorative, or at least it can be. But strictly speaking, democracy under the Constitution happens only once every two to six years, during regularly scheduled elections. Nearly everything else in between these democratic moments is really just more politics — which can be restorative but just as easily may not

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