Articles by Matthew Boose

Don’t Laugh at Stacey Abrams

ll great people have a sense that they are destined for great things. Stacey Abrams predicts that she will be president of the United States by 2040. Come what may of her White House aspirations this year, Abrams speaks like someone who believes she is bound for immortality—indeed, that she’s entitled to it. Her infatuated […]

Trump, Biden, and the Coronavirus Coup

he consequences of the coronavirus have been profound, but the politics of it have turned out to be remarkably trivial. That’s worrisome. When the pandemic first landed in America, there was a momentousness that birthed a cottage industry for spouting clever predictions about how society would change forever. On the political front, a conflict quickly […]

Will the Republican Establishment Survive the Coronavirus?

he big unresolved question of the Trump era is simple: What happens when Donald Trump’s presidency is over? Has the Republican Party really become more “populist,” or will the GOP revert to the neoliberal, neoconservative status quo? The coronavirus has brought this question into focus like never before. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a supposed populist […]

In Coronavirus Era, the Media Plays God

here’s a classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” starring William Shatner in one of his two roles in the series playing a young neurotic. In this one, he becomes obsessed with a fortune-teller machine in a Midwestern diner. Marooned with his new wife over car trouble, Shatner’s character asks a series of questions—Will I get […]

Who Will Win the Coronavirus War?

ars never leave the world the way they found them. Americans suddenly are at war, not with men or a philosophy, but with a deadly virus from China. The country has not experienced anything as traumatic as the coronavirus outbreak since 9/11, perhaps even since World War II. Millions of Americans are suddenly worried about […]

The Myth of Civil Rights

hat was the 2016 election really all about? In one version, Donald Trump’s rise was an awakening of bigotry, of nostalgia for the days when Americans were mostly white, women knew their place, and gays lived in the shadows. But there is another way of telling this story. It is one in which Americans who […]