Obama, Trump, and the End of Meritocracy

Dipping into David J. Garrow’s massive tome, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, I was not struck by the fact that Obama was calculating or willing to sacrifice anything, including romantic relationships, at the altar of personal ambition—Rick Perlstein’s quasi-biography of Reagan, The invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, told […]

How We Protest

Lord knows we need to protest. There are so many issues on which we, as anthropologists, need to be heard. It is hard to know where to begin. In our degraded political climate, where truth and knowledge are devalued, and the values we all stand for: opposition to racism, openness, diversity, protection of individual civil […]