Class Politics and Romania’s “White Revolution”

The color white embodied exclusionary middle-class aspirations to moral governance and virtuous citizenship. Romania’s “White Revolution” (January–­­February 2017), the most recent episode of East European color-branded uprisings, earned its nickname on the night of February 6, when a sea ­of smartphone flashlights lit up Bucharest’s Victoriei Square, the seat of the government. This performance, turned […]

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 […]