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.

Recent Articles

I Know Why Sexually Assaulted Women Resist Coming Forward; I’ve Been There

At first glance, the willingness of the Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee to call a hastily organized hearing on Monday to examine allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that she was sexual assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may look like an attempt at fairness, but it’s not. In fact, it demonstrates several of many reasons that women often don’t come forward after being the target of sexual assault or misconduct. The fact that the committee refuses to allow an investigation of Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh attacked her sexually at a party when they were both in high school—whether by the FBI or another neutral entity with expertise in the examination of sexual assault allegations—shows that the committee Chairman Charles Grassley is more interested in quickly dispensing with Ford’s allegation. And he plans to do so in a setting that places Ford in jeopardy of being maligned on national television, echoing the power...

That Anonymous Op-Ed Was About Saving the GOP — Not the Republic

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There’s a whole lot of news absorbing Washington these days. Normally, the confirmation hearings for a cagey Supreme Court nominee would be the end-all and be-all, while the spectacle of a foaming-at-the-mouth conspiracy theorist in the halls of the Senate would make for a robust sideshow. But the anonymous September 5 op-ed run in The New York Times , written by a person described by the Times as a senior administration official, has the chattering classes rapt. In the op-ed, the senior official strikes a pose as one of the “adults” he says are “in the room,” and casts her or himself as a member of an internal “resistance” to President Donald J. Trump that exists within the administration. The person frames the essay as an effort to assure readers that inside Trump’s government, there are people bent on saving the republic from a morally unmoored president ruled by contradictory impulses. In the official’s telling, he or she is...

Twitter Abdicates Responsibility for What Appears on Its Platform

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Silicon Valley, with its “disruptor” culture, has long embraced libertarianism’s extreme focus on individual freedom, regardless of the cost to the common good. It is essentially a system that accrues additional power to those who already have it. And right now, the people with the power are neo-fascists whose speech is being protected by Twitter. There’s one in the Oval Office as I write this, and he’s coddled an even more noxious breed in the form of conspiracy theorists who are capable of directing violence at his opponents. Sure, they may not tell their followers to “go kill so and so”—but they don’t have to. If you tell people that there’s a ring of pedophiles among the president’s opponents, and that they operate out of a particular pizzeria, you don’t get to act surprised when a guy with a gun shows up at the pizzeria, ostensibly in defense of the children. Consider for a minute a recent tweet from Alex...

Trump and the Rise of 21st Century Fascism

When Donald Trump, enemy of the U.S. Constitution, first came to power, we were advised by the sages not to throw that “F” word around—you know the one I mean, the one that ends with an “ism.” We’d never be taken seriously if we used it to describe him and his regime, we were told and, besides, its use in the current context was a disservice to those who suffered great horrors under Benito Mussolini and his ideological cousin and all-out monster, Adolf Hitler. But neither Hitler nor Mussolini committed their worst atrocities at the outset of their respective tenures as dictators of their nations. In fact, as Al Gore reminded us in his 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” “At first, even the truth about Hitler was inconvenient. Many in the west hoped the danger would simply go away.” Now, I don’t pretend to know whether Trump could evolve into a leader anywhere near as murderous as Hitler. But I do know this: Trump is a...

Trump Attacks Constitutional Freedoms as He Ratchets Up Authoritarian Corruption

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I’m no fan of John Brennan—or of James Comey, for that matter. But President Donald J. Trump’s revocation of the former’s security clearance, and threat of the same for the latter, should be a matter of grave concern to even those who despise former CIA Director Brennan for his involvement in the “ extraordinary rendition ” program of the Bush administration, and his approval of so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques on prisoners suspected of ties to terrorism. That’s because it wasn’t for those reasons, of course, that Trump revoked Brennan’s clearance; if anything, Trump would likely say Brennan’s brand of torture wasn’t “tough” enough. No, the reason Trump gave to The Wall Street Journal for his action against Brennan was this: the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Trump’s behalf. As CNN tells it , “Brennan, who served under...

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