Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

Recent Articles

2016: The Year of the Billionaire

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AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying This photo taken June 11, 2014 shows David Koch, the executive vice president of Wichita's Koch Industries in New York City. I n general, it can be said that billionaires in America almost always have pretty good years, by at least one important measure: They have more than a billion dollars. They’ve made it into a club composed of 536 people , in a nation with a population of 321 million . Over the past 40 years, their fortunes have soared, and according to new report in The New York Times , they pay precious little tax on them. That’s because they’ve bought the Congress that writes the tax code, paid the lobbyists who strong-arm the legislators, and funded the think tanks that crafted the policy strong-armed on the bought-and-paid-for legislators. OK; that may be a bit of an oversimplification—not every member of Congress is in the pocket of the 0.01 percent—but not by much. More and more, the billionaires’ influence is conducted out of...

Trump Love and the Schlonging of American Women

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AP Photo/Carlos Osorio Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump addresses supporters at a campaign rally, Monday, December 21, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I n a Quinnipiac poll conducted between December 16-20, half of those surveyed said they would be embarrassed to have Donald Trump as their president. That means the other half did not indicate embarrassment as their reaction to a Trump presidency. Some 44 percent of Republicans, a plurality, said they would be “proud” to have Trump as the leader of the free world. If past responses to Trump’s expressions of hostility to anyone who is not a white, able-bodied man are predictive, there are likely more Republicans today who are proud of their frontrunner. The Quinnipiac survey was taken before Trump said, on Monday night, that Hillary Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination because she was “schlonged” by Barack Obama. And speaking of the December 19 Democratic presidential debate, Trump called...

The Chaos Party

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AP Photo/John Locher Donald Trump, left, and Jeb Bush, right, both speak as Ted Cruz looks on during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. F or the Republican Party, fear is the coin of the realm. Its major electoral victories of the last several decades have all been built on it, and stoked by it: fear of government, fear of foreigners, fear of a black president. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, the candidates who took the stage Tuesday night at CNN’s presidential debate sought to make the most of a terrifying world. Ted Cruz pledged to carpet-bomb a good chunk of the Middle East. Marco Rubio called for increased military spending. Carly Fiorina professed her love for surveillance. Chris Christie uttered the numbers 9/11 more times than I could count. Ben Carson seemed to suggest that any children killed by bombs he would drop would love him in the afterlife for...

Campaign Against Planned Parenthood Decades in the Making

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AP Photo/Eric Gay, File In this July 28, 2015, file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. T his election season, Planned Parenthood has come under unprecedented attack, fueled by a series of deceptively edited, right-wing propaganda videos making the false claim that the women’s health organization profits from the selling of fetal tissue produced by abortions. (Several Planned Parenthood clinics provide medical researchers with fetal tissue if the woman who had the abortion wishes to donate it; the clinics charged researchers for its costs in preserving and processing the tissue.) But the campaign against Planned Parenthood, a campaign created as an organizing tool by right-wing leaders, has been decades in the making. In 1996, on the eve of the Republican National Convention, I attended an anti-choice...

Donald Trump: Evidence of Our Degeneracy

With his lies about black people and the people of Jersey City, the question is why so many Americans want to believe him.

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(Photo: AP/Willis Glassgow) GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on November 24. Just a few days before, a black civil-rights protester was beaten by Trump supporters during a rally. W hen my grandfather’s grandparents arrived on the shores of Jersey City, having fled famine in Ireland, the city was joined in an epic battle waged against the immigrants by a nativist party nicknamed the Know-Nothings. The Irish were not to be trusted, the Know-Nothings said, especially because of their strange religion—Roman Catholicism. Cast as an army of infiltration sent into America by the pope, the Irish were, for a time, barred from employment in the police force and other government offices through the connivance of Know-Nothing state legislators, who conferred a new charter on the city, which was later struck down by the New Jersey Supreme Court. It’s difficult to imagine today the discrimination faced by the starving Irish at the time of their mass...