Articles by Robert Zaller
Oct. 13, 2017
Fighting against the Vietnam War
Photograph courtesy of Lyndon B. Johnson Library at Wikimedia
Oct. 6, 2017
Higher education in the age of Trump
This has not been a good fall for Harvard University, and its failures reveal much about the state of higher education in the Age of Trump.
Sep. 29, 2017
How Trump really beat Clinton
Few of us may be inclined to wade into what happened in the election of 2016 when our energies are so urgently on call to deal with the reality of 2017. But we can’t properly understand the mechanics of our situation without getting a better idea of how we got here, and for that we need to understand not only Donald Trump but also his defeated opponent.
Aug. 11, 2017
Why democracy is failing
The two famous comments about democracy in the last century were made, respectively, by America’s 28th president, Woodrow Wilson, and by Winston Churchill. Wilson declared as his primary diplomatic objective a desire to make the world safe for democracy. He was a more than slightly dubious advocate. After all, Wilson had backdoored us into a world war he promised to avoid and had thrown those who protested the war into prison under an unconstitutional sedition act. Differently, Churchill’s own more world-weary comment was that democracy was the worst of all political systems, except for all the others.
Jul. 28, 2017
How to choke on a big nothing burger
In “The French Connection II,” Gene Hackman’s Popeye Doyle, quitting heroin cold turkey, asks for a big, juicy American hamburger with the blood dripping out of it and ketchup and onions piled high. It’s not available to Popeye in the movie, but it’s being served raw in the White House right now. And Donald J. Trump is about to choke on it.
Jul. 14, 2017
Is humanity a lost cause?
Sometimes it takes a deeply conservative intelligence to get to the heart of the matter.
Jun. 30, 2017
How long must the D.C. charade go on?
Five months into the Donald Trump presidency — or five hours, for that matter — it was clear that the White House had been occupied by a charlatan, somewhere between a buffoon and a demagogue and competent in neither role. That prospect had been clear five months previously, on the campaign trail; it was clear five years previously, or at any time earlier in Trump’s career as a bogus magnate, serial bankrupt and reality show sadist.
Jun. 9, 2017
Drexel’s two graduating classes of 2017
Drexel will have two graduating classes this year.
Jun. 2, 2017
Free speech propaganda and the right to be heard
Free speech is the most important right we have. The Founding Fathers, understanding it as the prime element in a free society, wrote it into several amendments of the United States Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees it as a right in terms of individual and collective speech on civil and religious matters, whether by personal expression, public assembly or private worship.
May. 26, 2017
The theft of the Barnes after five years
For nearly 90 years, the quiet street in Lower Merion known as Latch’s Lane was a worldwide destination for art lovers.