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The Trump Issue


Win or lose in November, Donald Trump has already left an enduring imprint on American life. His unexpected political rise has shaken many long-held assumptions about politics and society. In this special issue, we asked scholars from a range of disciplines — history, political science, sociology, and philosophy, among others — to explore several questions: How did Trump happen? What ideas has he upended? And what does his candidacy mean for the future of democracy?

  • The Review

    The Clickbait Candidate

    How web analytics fueled Trump’s rise.
  • The Review

    Make America America Again

    Trump’s campaign has become a referendum on what it means to be an American.
  • The Review

    Pox Populi

    Forget democracy. What we need is epistocracy, where voting power is accorded by competence and knowledge.
  • The Review

    Poor White Politics

    Too long have elites dismissed the political reflexes of impoverished whites.
  • The Review

    The Politics of Resentment

    Trump says what angry voters think.
  • The Review

    Fundamental Mistakes

    This campaign is proving wrong decades of research on evangelicals.
  • The Review

    The Jerk’s Political Moment

    We take pleasure in Trump’s clowning, nevermind the civic stakes.
  • The Review

    I, Donald

    Thucydides and Plato warned us about this guy.
  • The Review

    Trump Syllabus

    Michael Kazin, Jill Lepore, Harvey Mansfield, Alan Wolfe, and others offer an election-year curriculum.
  • The Chronicle Review

    ‘Trump Syllabus’ Is as White as the Man Himself

    Some scholars argue that the reading list represents neither diversity nor a commitment to social justice.