Author Archives: Matt Purple

Imagining an Authoritarian

Nicholas Kristof wonders if Trump is our first president with autocratic tendencies. Where has he been for the past 15 years?

Bannonism Will Live On

Revolutions don’t die with their figureheads. Bannon’s radicalism has found a resonance it’s unlikely to lose.

A Light Touch on Iran

Trump’s response to protests should be one of cautious restraint. And no, the nuclear deal hasn’t been discredited.

Looking Back on a Year of Eclipse for the Left

From South America to the EU, left-wing parties are in a state of crisis. Will next year only continue the damage?

The Ideologues Who Wrecked Libya

As lawlessness reigns, those who pushed us into toppling Gaddafi are due for a reckoning.

#MeToo Becomes a Revolution

Change to our sexual ethic is needed. But what if we end up losing more than we gain?

The Right’s Biggest Wedge Issue: Donald Trump

His personality has opened a strange fissure in the GOP.

Taking a Knee in the Culture War

Why are we compelled to choose sides, immediately, on everything?

Gun Control: The New Moral Crusade

Repeal the Second Amendment? We know how this movie ends.

Why Should Catalonia Not be Free?

Madrid can’t seem to answer that question and Spain is now on the brink.

Trump Backs Down on ‘The Wall’

The government should remain open next week, but who knows where we are headed next?