Adam Serwer

Adam Serwer is a writing fellow at The American Prospect and a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also blogs at Jack and Jill Politics and has written for The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The Root, and the Daily News.

Recent Articles

No Victory Laps On Libya Plz

Just saying : What comes after Gaddafi’s fall is much more important, and much more uncertain. Now it should be said that Obama’s strategy means that one of the key factors in the emergence of suicide terrorism — a foreign occupying military, typically of a different religious background than the occupied — isn’t present in Libya. But because Gaddafi essentially built Libyan society around himself, the rebels will have to start almost from scratch in constructing a new Libya. And it’s far from a safe bet that the one that will emerge will be the kind of democratic, pluralistic state that would be ideal. The rebels were united by a desire to oust Gaddafi, they’re less united in their vision for what Libyan society should be. Whatever ultimately happens, it’s far too early to declare the intervention in Libya “successful.” What we can say is that months after the president initiated a war without Congress’ approval, one...

The Problem With "Post-Blackness"

I'm sympathetic to the emotional roots of Touré's conception of "post-blackness" and I find the concept kind of ridiculous. Not just because whiteness, rather than blackness , has historically been the more exclusive ethnic identity but because even Touré writes stuff like this: All of that is why, to me, Vick seems to have a deeply African-American approach to the game. I'm not saying that a black QB who stands in the pocket ain't playing black. I'm saying Vick's style is so badass, so artistic, so fluid, so flamboyant, so relentless -- so representative of black athletic style -- that if there were a stat for swagger points, Vick would be the No. 1 quarterback in the league by far. Touré wants to "to banish from the collective mind the bankrupt, fraudulent concept of 'authentic' Blackness," but he nevertheless believes that your "swagger points" somehow define whether or not you have a "deeply African-American approach to the game." You can't really have it both...

Dept Of Unnecessary Ledes

Yesterday Radley Balko tweeted this article on another case involving citizens' facing consequences for recording the police. You have to love what they thought was important enough to put right at the top of the piece: A former stripper, who secretly recorded two Chicago Police Internal Affairs investigators while filing a sexual harassment complaint against another officer was acquitted on eavesdropping charges Wednesday. I mean, do you REALLY want to live in a country where former strippers concerned about being coerced out of filing harassment claims have the right to record cops just doing their jobs?

Freedom For Some, Ctd

Conor Friedersdorf, in a very gracious and charitable critique thinks my priorities , as a liberal with some libertarianish views, are skewed with regards to Ron Paul: All I ask, as they critique Paul's sometimes flawed conception of freedom, is that they acknowledge that they're perfectly willing to vote for a guy who embraces most of the executive power excesses of Bush/Cheney, wages war without congressional approval, ramps up drone strikes that kill innocents, spies on innocent Americans, says marriage should be between a man and a woman, and perpetuates the War on Drugs, among other policies. I also wish they'd come around to the proposition that, while all Paul criticisms are fair game, some, like the political correctness of his campaign slogan and his position on the constitutionality of the Civil Rights Act, seem absurd to regard as relevant enough to focus on, given the immediacy and significance of other issues. My basic problem with Paul is this: His conception of freedom...


Alabama business community not so enamored of restrictionism . KBR demanding millions from Jamie Lee Jones. The MEK has lots of friends in high places . Picking on Eric Schneiderman.