Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism. Opinions expressed here are her own.

Recent Articles

In the Age of Trump, Resistance Requires Creativity

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Since the shock of election night, and the ongoing tremors of scandal and shenanigans surrounding or promulgated by President-elect Donald J. Trump and his transition team, liberals and progressives in the institutional left have struggled with how to respond. So has most of America, which awards Trump the lowest approval numbers ever for an incoming president, yet is not yet appalled enough to kick up a fuss. As Trump made clear in his carnival show of a press conference, he intends to maintain power by continuing to break the norms of such institutions as the free press—and society at large . Institutions operate on the assumption of long-held norms. So does society. But artists, less so. Artists generally function in an individualistic way, but not detached from institutions of power. Their communities are loosely organized, but are able to assemble quickly when a need to do so arises. With creativity as the coin of their realm, they have a knack for drawing attention and...

Barack Obama Gives a Farewell Address for the Ages

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If there was ever a day that encapsulated the dynamics of the forces arrayed against each other in our national politics, January 10 was it. At a confirmation hearing in the United States Senate, the incoming president’s nominee for attorney general defended himself against charges of racist behavior. Not long after the hearing concluded for the day, the nation’s first black president took America to school about the very threat to democracy posed by the incoming administration and the winds of fear and resentment that propelled Donald J. Trump to power. President Barack Obama’s farewell address was an extraordinary thing. In our current moment—filled with the frenzy of a strategically compressed schedule of confirmation hearings, and spicy if not wholly substantiated allegations of coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin—it’s possible to miss the fact that the speech the president delivered in Chicago on Tuesday was one for the ages...

No, Feminism Isn’t Over -- But It Needs to Change

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It was supposed to be the ultimate moment of the feminist project—that moment when the national media networks would call the 2016 election for the nation’s first woman president. That didn’t happen, of course; instead, a man, who has made a display of his contempt for women, won the White House. Since Donald Trump’s great Electoral College triumph, women dedicated to the cause of equal rights, whether they describe themselves as feminists or womanists, have been taking stock. For many, it’s hard not to fall into despair, especially as pundits and analysts allied with the Democratic Party tell us that the failure of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was due to her ostensible neglect of the white working class—by which they usually mean white, working-class men. As Kali Holloway, a woman of color, wrote in the days following the election, this amounts to “the endless privileging of white pain above all others.” Especially...

As Trump Builds His Oligarchy, America Goes to Sleep

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As the nation lay sleeping, evidence piled up of an alliance between a hostile foreign power and an incoming Republican administration that owed much of its electoral good fortune to the apparent intervention of said hostile power. And still the nation slept. The nation this week groggily received word that its top law-enforcement entity, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, obtained a search warrant that stands in violation of constitutional norms —less than two weeks before the presidential election—for the computer of an aide to the opponent of the Republican standard-bearer. The warrant was issued two days after, to great fanfare, the FBI director informed Congress that he was rebooting an investigation into the Democratic candidate’s use of a private email server for the conduct of government business, despite having announced months earlier that his bureau had found no evidence of criminal conduct. The nation hit snooze. In North Carolina, the losing Republican...

Rex Tillerson: An Oligarch’s Dream at the State Department

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If confirmed by the Senate, the next secretary of state will enter into the service of the second employer he has ever had in his life: the United States government. Since his graduation from the University of Texas in Austin, according to The New Yorker ’s Steve Coll , Rex Tillerson has known only one boss (in aggregate): the shareholders of Exxon Mobil. Already even Republicans are chafing against President-apparent Donald J. Trump’s pick of the oil giant’s CEO for the post of the nation’s top diplomat, on account of Tillerson’s close ties to Vladimir Putin, whose government is implicated by U.S. intelligence services in cyberattacks intended to tip the election toward Trump. If Putin and Trump aren’t quite locked in a bromance, it’s clear that Trump would like one. Trump’s global business holdings, if maintained during his term in office, already amount to an unconstitutional conflict of interested, according to respected...