Running on Empty

When people say, “Joe Biden’s a decent man,” what Biden are they talking about? The man who befriended Strom Thurmond, the man who treated Anita Hill dismissively, the man who plagiarized Neil Kinnock’s speeches, the man who crafted the most punitive and racist crime laws of the 20th Century, the man who voted for the Iraq war and armed a genocide? More

Tariffs Don’t Protect Jobs. Don’t Be Fooled.

Both Trump and Biden imposed high tariffs on imported products made in China and other countries. Those impositions broke with and departed from the previous half century’s policies favoring “free trade” (less or minimal government intervention in international markets). Free trade policies facilitated “globalization,” the euphemism for the post-1970 surge in U.S. corporations’ investing abroad: producing and distributing there, re-locating operations there, and merging with foreign enterprises there. More

Biden’s Dog Day Afternoon

If the presidential race were a hostage situation—as it must seem to most voters—President Joe Biden would be barricaded inside a bank or maybe the White House, telling negotiators (think of the editorial board of the New York Times or perhaps Senate hopeful Adam Schiff, each pleading into a bullhorn): “I ain’t coming out.” More

The American Enabling Act

Hitler’s ultimate rise to power was the result neither of a popular vote nor a coup, but an “Enabling Act,” or more precisely, “The Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Reich.” The legislation submitted to the German Reichstag (parliament) on March 23, 1933, enabled Hitler and his cabinet to 1) make laws without participation of the Reichstag; 2) enact measures that violated the German constitution; 3) implement new laws immediately; 4) allow the government to make foreign treaties without input from the Reichstag; and 5) sunset the act after four years. More