The Ghosts of Extremism

On December 16, 2016, Berlin residents and tourists were sipping mulled wine, chowing down sausages, and marveling at the glowing Christmas trees that filled the Breitscheidplatz in the German capital. Moments later, disaster struck: a semi-truck with Polish license plates plowed through the crowds of holiday shoppers, destroying vendor stands, and sending debris flying across the square. It was the worst terrorist attack Germany had ever experienced, resulting in the deaths of 12 people and injuring 56 more. It later turned out that the attacker had long been tailed by German intelligence, and after his documents and fingerprints were found in the […]

George W. Bush’s immigration alternative is a welcome message for the right

Skeptical of free trade, spooked by immigration, and hesitant to police the world. For years, these ideas were active among the American conservative base, but never cogent or articulate enough to bubble up to its leadership. In the era of President Trump and ever since, however, these ideas are mainstream in the modern Republican Party, a point criticized by a former president turned artist. “Isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent nativist,” said former President George W. Bush last week on the TODAY show of his former party, surrounded by his paintings of immigrants featured in his new book Out […]