Sorry, Trump, America Can’t Be Great Again

The most outrageous candidate on the stump in 2016 is not, if you can believe it, Donald Trump. It is someone who calls himself Vermin Supreme, the satirical presidential hopeful known for wearing a bushy white beard and an upended boot on his head and making ridiculous promises to voters: a pony for every American; […]

Why Trump Won: Working-Class Whites

Donald J. Trump won the presidency by riding an enormous wave of support among white working-class voters. It was always a possibility, but it had always looked unlikely. Hillary Clinton led in nearly every national poll — and in other surveys in the states worth the requisite 270 electoral votes. The traditional view of recent […]

To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice

It is a commonplace to say that slavery “dehumanized” enslaved people, but to do so is misleading, harmful, and worth resisting. I hasten to add that there are, of course, plenty of right-minded reasons for adopting the notion of “dehumanization.” It is hard to square the idea of millions of people being bought and sold, […]