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Editor's Note

Hobson's Choice
Jackson Lears
Donald Trump embodies a rogues’ gallery of cartoonish figures: the confidence man, the master of misdirection, the buffoonish big shot, the demonic clown. But he is a clown with a semiautomatic assault weapon. In pursuing terrorists, his predecessors in the White House have provided this president with the tools to pursue executive tyranny...

Selections from our Spring 2017 issue…

Lincoln as Realist and Revolutionist
David Bromwich
The quantity of the evidence showing the steadiness of [Lincoln's] commitment against slavery is weightier than is now commonly understood…

Two Poems
Henri Cole

Culture Wars and the Humanities in the Age of Neoliberalism
Andrew Hartman
In 1988, a debate played out on the Wall Street Journal editorial page about whether Stanford University ought to assign John Locke or the anticolonial theorist Frantz Fanon...

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