I wrote a lot outside scholarship this year, and decided to put what I think holds up in one place, in categories:
I wrote a lot on the Sanders campaign, the ways that certain establishment liberals resisted it, and what I think we can learn from its remarkable success.
Bernie, Socialism, and Liberalism
More generally, I wrote on the rise of populism and where it seems to be leading, in the US and around the world:
I wrote on Trump before he was the nominee, and before he was the president-elect, trying to understand what was distinctive about his campaign and what it portended:
I wrote a bit about the Trump aftermath:
about North Carolina politics:
about Constitutionalism & legal theory:
As always, I wrote on environmental politics, in Appalachia, in history, and for the future (and am sneaking in Katrina Forrester’s wonderful review of After Nature in the Nation)
and What I love - an essay on Gillian Welch’s music, one on Thoreau and making sense of the world in a time of political alienation and fear, and another cheat, this one an essay on growing up under neoliberalism, which n+1 brought out from behind the paywall this year.