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David Bromwich

David Bromwich's latest book is "American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us." He teaches literature at Yale and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and has written on politics and culture for The New Republic, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and other magazines. He is editor of Edmund Burke's selected writings On Empire, Liberty, and Reform and co-editor of the Yale University Press edition of On Liberty.

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  1. AddictionMyth on December 30, 2016, 11:29 am

    Kerry basically accused Israel of state sponsored terrorism and Sanger basically reported it. I’m surprised ‘the mind of the paper’ didn’t explode.

  2. Eva Smagacz on December 31, 2016, 6:49 am

    Kerry is taking a gamble. He may be heading into the oblivion of Jimmy Carter, and become a persona non grata in any public Democratic gathering. What was missing from his speech was explanation of Israel Lobby relentless pressure on politicians and people running for office.

    • annie on December 31, 2016, 10:31 am

      Kerry is taking a gamble. He may be heading into the oblivion of Jimmy Carter

      jimmy carter is not in oblivion, he’s a highly cherished, beloved and respected ex president who remains relevant today — to the people. yes he’s been slandered by the usual suspects and all the little peons who bow to those cretins, but the people still love him. kerry could do much worse than being remembered as a jimmy carter. carter will go down in history, kerry — probably not so much.

  3. captADKer on December 31, 2016, 10:35 am

    “it can’t be the product of just one erring journalist. Rather it is the mind of the paper, working through the reporter:”-
    say addios to kerry after his swan song came to a universally acknowledged crash landing.
    from whom will obama distance himself next? the seconds are thankfully ticking.

    • Mooser on December 31, 2016, 12:05 pm

      “from whom will obama distance himself next?”

      Oh no! What if Obama alienates Trump?

      BTW, “captADKer” will you be going to Whitefish for the march? Don’t want to distance yourself from the Trump folks. Boteach is going.

      • annie on December 31, 2016, 1:36 pm

        boteach is going to be there? oh for heaven’s sakes. these parents, from what i’ve read, are not even into their son’s “activism” (a polite way of addressing his white nationalist nazi thing). it’s a shame the parents have been dragged into this — the town for that matter. but i think this attention towards the town is making it worse. first by whoever’s hairbrained idea it was to pressure the parents to sell the house lest they get protested, and next by the son to advertise that pressure. what a nightmare. thank my lucky stars my son isn’t like that, what’s a parent to do?

      • captADKer on December 31, 2016, 4:20 pm

        hey moose-
        thanks for the heads up.
        be there too?
        nothing better than anti semites from the political extermes squaring off.
        shanah tovah y’all

      • talknic on December 31, 2016, 6:43 pm

        @ captADKer December 31, 2016, 4:20 pm

        ” … BLM/CODEPINK/OCCUPYWS/JVP … anti semites from the political extermes squaring off”

        Accusations are not evidence.

        Evidence of their anti semitism (sic) … … thx … I’ll wait …

      • Mooser on December 31, 2016, 6:49 pm

        “will BLM/CODEPINK/OCCUPYWS/JVP be there too?”

        What’s your problem, “CaptADKer”? Zionist Jews will get protection from the anti-semites, and anti-Zionist (or even Israel-critical) will be on their own. That will force us to become Zionist, won’t it.

        And why are you always so shortspoken “Capt”? You know what we call short-spoken people, don’t you? “Curt”.

  4. j grefenson-benjamin on December 31, 2016, 11:27 am

    The key phrase here is “the eccentricity of anyone who does anything unusual” in NYTimes eyes, like Sanders. The basic problem that has stymied Democrats and especially Obama in all areas is challenging anything neo-liberal media accepts as How It Is. Challenging the Israel Lobby, or the Republican destructive behavior. , is the equivalent of a social gaffe, unprofessional behavior, or Left-extremism that makes “liberal” journalists cringe. This is the premise behind the view that Kerry will now be relegated to the irrelevant perpetuates the system. But Sanders made it clear how one gets to be remembered, and it’s not through submitting to the dictates of the Right.

  5. just on December 31, 2016, 12:00 pm

    Jimmy Carter.

    James Earl Carter~ Nobel Peace Prize recipient, peanut farmer, humanitarian, scientist, President, lifelong husband of Rosalynn and father and grandfather (to many not even from his genes but from his devotion to human life and justice!) Etc…

    That Israeli governments, pro- zio- Occupation lobbies, and zionists the world over (with a willingly ignorant and complicit US and Western citizenry) continues to try to dustbin this good man is a testament to his greatness.

    • annie on December 31, 2016, 1:38 pm

      i adore him. merry/happy new year just ;) onward!

      • MHughes976 on December 31, 2016, 8:18 pm

        Just back from a New Year party, maybe not thinking too straight, but happy 2017 to all the honourable electronic friends I have been privileged to make via Mondoweiss.

      • annie on January 2, 2017, 5:17 pm

        hey Mhughes — just saw this. back atcha ;)

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