Recommended Reading

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People Voted for Trump Because They Were Anxious, Not Poor

By Olga Khazan, for The Atlantic

April 23, 2018 – A new study finds that Trump voters weren’t losing income or jobs. Instead, they were concerned about their place in the world.

A Lovely Little Trade War

Wall Street Journal

March 2, 2018 – Donald J. Trump explains his (emphasis mine) theory of comparative advantage.

Trump’s Tariff Folly

Wall Street Journal

March 2, 2018 – His tax on aluminum and steel will hurt the economy and his voters.

Worry about the Republicans’ tax bill—and how it was passed

The Economist

December 7, 2017/December 9, 2017 issue – If politicians sever their arguments from reality, economic policy will only get worse

Conservatism without Bigotry

By Peter Beinart, for The Atlantic

December 2017 issue — Conservatives must reckon with their policies’ discriminatory effects. That would be more likely if liberals stopped carelessly crying bigot.

How to Deal with North Korea

By Mark Bowden, for The Atlantic

July/August 2017 issue — There are no good options. But some are worse than others.

How to Build an Autocracy

By David Frum, for The Atlantic

March 2017 issue — The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.