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The Perversely Dangerous Logic of Trump’s Attack on the 1619 Project

I have been teaching a class on “The Declaration of Independence and the Meaning of American Citizenship” for years. The course has always centered on exemplary reappropriations of the 1776 Declaration—the Seneca Falls Declaration, Frederick Douglass’s famous 1852 “What to the Slave is the Meaning of the Fourth of July?,” Lincoln’s many speeches and AlexanderContinue reading “The Perversely Dangerous Logic of Trump’s Attack on the 1619 Project”

An Open Letter to Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Police Chief Michael Diekhoff

Note: A few days ago I posted a piece here about the reasons why “We need to prepare for an election crisis by proactively seeking assurances from responsible local authorities that they will protect our constitutional rights.”  That piece, which received some enthusiastic attention from friends near and far, included a “model letter” that citizens anywhereContinue reading “An Open Letter to Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington Police Chief Michael Diekhoff”

I Am Curious Orange, Or Now It’s Sweden? Trump’s Perverse Embrace of “Herd Immunity”

A 2019 headline in USA Today said it well: “Trump and Sweden don’t see eye to eye on anything.” The article focused mainly on Trump’s long-standing hostility toward Swedish immigration policy: “’Sweden,’ Trump said during a campaign-style rally in Florida in 2017. ‘They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.’ He was referring toContinue reading “I Am Curious Orange, Or Now It’s Sweden? Trump’s Perverse Embrace of “Herd Immunity””

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