Ayse Eldes

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Joe Biden: Reclaiming America’s Values

In over 45 years of working in global affairs, I’ve observed a simple truth: America’s ability to lead the world depends not just on the example of our power, but on the power of our example.<p>American democracy is rooted in the belief that every man, woman and child has equal rights to freedom and …

Political Science

The Cruelty of Barack Obama

On immigration, the ex-president isn’t what he says he is.<p>Throughout his political life, Barack Obama has been hustling America on immigration, pretending to be one thing while doing another.<p>Now he’s at it again. Mr. Obama calls it “cruel” of Donald Trump both to end the Deferred Action for …

Barack Obama

Why Entitlements Keep Growing, and Growing, and . . .

Once granted, benefits always multiply and are nearly impossible to repeal, John Cogan says. Only three presidents have been able to rein them in.<p>Stanford, Calif.<p>Donald Trump’s gleeful deal with the Democrats—ratcheting up the debt ceiling, as well as the ire of the Republican establishment—puts …

Social Security

Confederate Statues and American Memory

In moments of national fragility, history rears its head. The past becomes a vast storehouse of grievance. Revived memory is manipulated to produce violent nationalism. This is what is happening today in the United States, a nation suddenly at war with its past.<p>There is a reason for this war. …

Rights & Freedoms

From 9/11 to Humpty Dumpty

I watched my president perorate at the Pentagon and all I could think as he held forth about heroism on the 16th anniversary of 9/11 was how did we end up with Humpty Dumpty.<p>It was Humpty Dumpty, of course, who declared: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor …

Osama Bin Laden

What Moderates Believe

Donald Trump is not the answer to this nation’s problems, so the great questions of the moment are: If not Trump, what? What does the reaction to Trump look like?<p>For some people, the warriors of the populist right must be replaced by warriors of the populist left. For these people, Trump has …

Political Science

Harvey, Irma, Jose … and Noah

Is there anything we can learn from hurricanes, storms and floods?<p>People have been asking that question for thousands of years, and telling stories that try to make sense of natural disasters. These flood myths are remarkably similar to one another.<p>A researcher named John D. Morris collected more …

Faith

Satan in a Sunday Hat

Donald Trump’s foul-mouthed, preening, narcissistic flack, Anthony Scaramucci, made a string of jaw-dropping statements last week — including accusing chief strategist Steve Bannon of using the president for rapacious self-aggrandizement, comparing this impulse in Bannon to autofellatio — but …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump, ‘King of Alabama’?

It has become increasingly clear to me after the tragedy of Charlottesville that Donald Trump not only has no interest in being president of the entire country but also is specifically tailoring his so-called presidency to the white racial-grievance apparatus.<p>This week he reinforced his racial …

Rights & Freedoms

Soul Survival in Trump’s Hell

<i>You could stay</i> <i>in</i> <i>hell</i> <i>for a</i> <i>little while if you knew</i> <i>that</i> <i>you were going</i> <i>to</i> <i>get out.</i><p>My mother always told me that when I was going through something tough and dispiriting. It was her way of saying that trouble doesn’t last forever, that even in your darkest place, hold fast to the hope and the light, that …

Donald Trump