These posts reflect my original interest in American politics, history and political theory broadly cast. I’m interested in exploring the nexus between American Political Development (APD) and American Political Thought (APT) as well as American Studies and Africana Studies or all regional “studies,” including working with Gajo Petrovic a leader in Praxis published in the former Yugoslavia.

This was the reason I stayed in politics for my Ph.D. rather than leaving for law school, history, sociology or business school as faculty kept trying to convince me to do in undergraduate and graduate school after spending a gap year reading Heidegger’s Being and Time with University of Zagreb philosophy professor Gajo Petrovic, who spent time at IAS and working with the author of the former Yugoslavian Constitution, the one that stuck — written in the 1970s.  The latter scholar attended the Sorbonne in the 1930s and ended his career as the Dean of the best law school in Belgrade.  In the 1980s the Fulbright funded his scholarship on Jefferson at Claremont Graduate School.  I worked with him for my B.A. thesis on Marx, existentialism, phenomenology and Yugoslavian self-management supervised by Claremont Men’s College’s public law professor Winston Fisk.

Trump’s Horns (of a Dilemma?)

  What an amazing accommodation. What an amazing compromise between the Repubs and the Democrats.

Or should we call it a lose-lose proposition? Senator Chuck Schumer’s “STRONG” bill? What a proposition (or poison pill, if Trump fails to take his medicine?).  In any case, if I were not at the beach, in 3 minutes I would be watching all the D.C. morning shows broadcast from the supposed SWAMP.

Who knew Trump could be in the position of being a “human rights president” if he signs this law restricting Putin, helping the Crimea, and assistng other human-rights victims?

Who knew all these backdoor dealings in Trump Tower and other Trump locations could backfire and lead to a bipartisan consensus making the Trump administration the toughest human-rights-police president, enforcing sanctions against his pal, Putin?

Guess Putin will have to think before he puts an American president in this position again.

Trump doesn’t need any advisors today (good thing, since Sean Spicer quit and Jeff Sessions is surely packing).  Trump knows there are only three words for a bipartisan bill (or contract on property) this good — sign, sign, sign.  And sign it before everybody comes back from the beach.