John Stoehr

John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.

I was wrong. Trump really is like Hitler

July 22, 2019 /

Tim Wise wrote this Twitter thread over the weekend. It influenced today’s edition of the Editorial Board. He related his experience campaigning against David Duke’s bid for Louisiana governor. He said the key was treating Duke as a threat to democracy, not as anything close to a normal candidate. Not long after Trump took office,…

Weekend caption contest!

July 20, 2019 /

Nobel winner Nadia Murad of Iraq tried explaining how and why ISIS murdered her family. This was the president’s face during that discussion. (I know; it’s hard to believe.) Who can come up with the best thought bubble? The winner gets a special citation in Monday’s edition! And while you’re here, consider giving the Editorial…

A theory I’m working on

July 19, 2019 /

My theory is that children are the final frontier of human rights, and I’m thinking this because so many Americans don’t seem to give a good goddamn about what’s happening to children at the border or about the former child victims now seeking justice as Jeffrey Epstein’s adult accusers. The late scholar Elisabeth Young-Bruehl called…

Trump Is Not a Hypocrite

July 19, 2019 /

Charges of hypocrisy only apply to people with values.

An important question

July 18, 2019 /

Are we experiencing a revival of American fascism? Or are we experiencing the chaos that occurs when one political regime gives way to another? That’s what Corey Robin claims in this piece. He and Jack Balkin think of Trump as a “disjunctive president.” As Balkin notes, in disjunctive regimes, the dominant party coalition fractures. Tensions…

I need some help

July 17, 2019 /

I need some help thinking about this piece from Jonathan Bernstein. I normally agree with his takes, but this one rubs me the wrong way. I can’t quite tell why though. I’d love to hear your thoughts. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-26/democrats-should-stop-the-lock-him-up-chants-about-donald-trump

Dems Reject Trump’s Gaslighting

July 17, 2019 /

So do 43 percent of Republicans!

The Anti-Moral Free Press

July 16, 2019 /

What would happen if a reporter were killed? More of the same?

How Dems Let GOP Dictate Agenda

July 15, 2019 /

On immigration, the Democrats fear doing the right thing.

Don’t Buy It. The Religious Right Isn’t Moral

July 12, 2019 /

Morality motivates the religious left. Power motivates the religious right.