Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is the winner of the 2017 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

Barack Obama Gives a Farewell Address for the Ages

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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais President Barack Obama waves as he take the stage to speak during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, January 10, 2017. I f 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...

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

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(Photo: AP/Chuck Liddy/News & Observer) Thousands march in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, on February 8, 2014, as part of the Moral Mondays movement. I t 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...

As Trump Builds His Oligarchy, America Goes to Sleep

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson speaks in Washington. A s 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...

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

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AP Photo/Jon Gambrell ExxonMobil CEO and chairman Rex W. Tillerson gives a speech at the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, November 7, 2016. I f 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...

The Michaels Flynn and the Politics of Thuggery

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John Taggart/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images Retired United States Army lieutenant general Michael T. Flynn leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on Friday, November 18, 2016. L t. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, President-elect Trump’s nominee for the position of national security adviser, traffics in conspiracy theories so detached from reality so as to be disqualifying for the position he is poised to occupy. But if that isn’t enough to cost him the plum that awaits him as one of the presumptive president’s top men, the violence his tweets—a combination of Islamophobia and sexualized sadistic fantasy—seem designed to incite bodes ominously for the security of the nation, whose Constitution he has sworn to uphold and defend. Consider the very words of his title: national security adviser. “National,” as in all of the people of the nation. “Security,” as in the safety of all of the people of the nation. “Adviser,” as in a title for a man in the West Wing who has the ear of the president. The...

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