Jeffrey C. Isaac

Jeffrey C. Isaac

Jeffrey C. Isaac is James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include: Democracy in Dark Times (1998); The Poverty of Progressivism: The Future of American Democracy in a Time of Liberal Decline; and Arendt, Camus, and Modern Rebellion.

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Neither Debs Nor Brandeis, Or Why It Is a Mistake Now to Exaggerate Differences on the Left
Note: The piece below is a critical response to a recent piece published in Jacobin , the widely-read publication that bills itself as “a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. The print magazine is released quarterly and reaches...
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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (3rd L) listens during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo:  Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, March 10, 2019
More Denunciation of Omar, More Bullshit: Enough!
It’s all over the news. Ilhan Omar has done it again. This time it’s not “the Jews” she’s attacking. It is “Obama.” This headline, viral on Facebook, says it all: “ Ilhan Omar Goes After Obama, Suggests He Was a Pretty Face’ Who Got Away with Murder .’” The source: a long piece at Politico entitled...
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The political denunciations of Omar are defensive, self-righteous, and cynical. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
In Defense of Ilhan Omar, Again
Ilhan Omar is again at the center of controversy, this time for remarks she made last week at a panel discussion at Busboys and Poets, a Washington, D.C. bookstore and restaurant. Omar’s “offending” comment was a reference to “the political influence in this country that says that it’s ok for...
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U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) Views
Saturday, March 02, 2019
Kamala Harris Is Not a Red-Baiter, She's Just Not a Socialist (Like Most Americans)
In recent columns I have celebrated the energy and ideas brought into the Democratic party by newly-elected young leftists, defended them from criticism, condemned the red-baiting of the left, and explained how and why "socialism" has played an important role in the history of American democracy, and ought not to be feared.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really is a breath of fresh air and an exemplary politician of the left. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Why AOC Is Such a Terrific Member of Congress
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken Washington, D.C by storm. She successfully ran an insurgent, grass-roots Congressional campaign. She is exceptionally bright. She is incredibly media savvy. She is hugely charismatic, because she is telegenic and photogenic, but also because she consistently seems...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Why Melania Trump’s Plagiarism Matters
Two paragraphs from Melania Trump’s speech last night before the Republican National Convention were almost word for word the same as two paragraphs from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. This is a fact. Such verbatim quoting without attribution is called plagiarism. Plagiarism is widely recognized as...
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