Editor’s Page Editors Michael Kazin • Timothy Shenk Timothy Shenk Editors Emeriti Mitchell Cohen • Irving Howe (1920-1993) • Michael Walzer “I don’t even say his name,” the finance bro told me as we made awkward small talk at the birthday party. Not that we Book Review Editor Mark Levinson would need to. He’s Donald J. Drumpf, Adolf Twitler, Covfefe in Chief, and whatever else the #Resistance has come up Senior Editors with to avoid directly referring to its own personal Voldemort. Colin Kinniburgh Natasha Lewis • Nick Serpe “Finance bro” isn’t a fair description for my conversa- tion partner, though. He looked more like a millennial ver- Associate Editor Joshua Leifer sion of Tim Geithner, and as we were talking I couldn’t help thinking about the former Treasury Secretary, who Editors at Large has done quite well for himself since leaving office. Kaavya Asoka • Tim Barker Sarah Leonard • David Marcus There’s been a best-selling memoir, a lectureship at Yale, Madeleine Schwartz and, since March 2014, a position as president of the pri- vate equity firm Warburg Pincus. That last piece of news Circulation Manager Flynn Murray might sound familiar. Last summer, it was revealed that one of Warburg Pincus’s subsidiaries mass-mails checks Art Direction Rumors to potential clients, who the firm hopes will overlook their exorbitant interest fees. In the words of a former employee, Intern it’s a way of “monetizing poor people.” Isabel Cristo In a better world, Geithner would have been shamed Editorial Board out of public life. In this world, it’s a bullet bouncing off Atossa Araxia Abrahamian Superman. Because, of course, he’s not alone. According Kate Aronoff • Joanne Barkan Paul Berman • Sheri Berman to an investigation from the Washington Post, 30 percent David Bromwich • Luther P. of the lawmakers and 40 percent of the senior staffers Carpenter • Leo Casey • Mark Engler Cynthia Fuchs Epstein • Gary Gerstle who designed the legislative response to the 2008 crash Todd Gitlin • Sarah Jaffe now earn their living in the financial sector, promoting the Patrick Iber • William Kornblum interests of the people they used to regulate. Susie Linfield • Kate Losse Kevin Mattson • Deborah Meier I wonder how this group talks about Trump. It’s an odd Harold Meyerson • Nicolaus Mills thing, how the people who most aggressively perform their Jo-Ann Mort • Julia Ott personal disgust with Trump—“I don’t even say his name”— Maxine Phillips • Jedediah Purdy Ruth Rosen • James B. Rule also seem to be the ones most likely to have received a Arlene Skolnick • Jim Sleeper hefty tax cut. But if the system was already working for Ann Snitow • Christine Stansell Jeffrey Wasserstrom • Sean Wilentz you, returning to normalcy must be an appealing prospect. Just remove the Trump-sized tumor from the body politic, Contributing Editors and the patient will be healthy again. Bernard Avishai • David Bensman Michelle Chen • Marcia Chatelain This was the Clinton campaign’s message, too. It’s Jean L. Cohen • Tressie McMillan even less plausible today than it was in 2016. Now Dem- Cottom • Jeff Faux • Agnès Heller ocrats have taken to arguing that Trump is both uniquely Jeffrey C. Isaac • Martin Kilson Mike Konczal • Jeremy Larner toxic and the product of a dysfunctional Republican Party. Laura Marsh • Brian Morton Although that’s closer to the truth, it’s not there yet. Yes, George Packer • Anson Rabinbach Alan Ryan • Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow Trump is toxic; yes, the Republicans are dysfunctional. Cornel West • Richard Yeselson But there’s a reason why so many voters have lost faith in the party that put Tim Geithner in charge of the Trea- Publisher The Foundation for the Study sury Department. The real debate should be over whether of Independent Social Ideas in there’s a cure for a disease that’s infected the entire polit- cooperation with the University of ical establishment. I think the answer is yes, but only if we Pennsylvania Press acknowledge the scope of the challenge. If that reckoning Typefaces does not take place, then President Cheeto—sorry, I mean Neutral (Atelier Carvalho Bernau) Kozmos (David Rudnick) Donald Trump—will be the least of our problems. D IS SENT WIN T E R 20 19
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Published: Jan 10, 2019
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