Adam is the Founding Editor of The American Interest and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He served in 2003-05 as principal speechwriter to the Secretary of State (S/P, Policy Planning). Adam's most recent book is Jewcentricity: How the Jews Get Praised, Blamed and Used to Explain Nearly Everything (Wiley, 2009). His Telltale Hearts: The Origin and Impact of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (St. Martin’s) was named a “notable book of the year” (1995) in the New York Times Book Review.
While there is blame to go around, Trump and his Congressional enablers are overwhelmingly responsible for weakening the foundations of the republic. And the effects of America’s democratic decay are already being felt beyond its own borders.
Singapore’s elite-driven, technocratic, and thoroughly paternalistic democracy has complex roots. Understanding the challenges it faces can help us better understand how the best-meaning leaders can run into trouble.
Capitalist para-democracy with Chinese characteristics? Non-socialist social corporatism? Illiberal-democratic liberalism? The characteristics that make Singapore improbable are themselves an improbable combination of characteristics.
Two things are true: Trump’s defenders are disingenuous when they talk about criminality when arguing against impeachment. And our society’s sense of what is properly criminal has been severely degraded in recent times.
Published: Nov 08, 2019
(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)