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

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...

President Trump and the Triumph of Private Capital

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(Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster) President-elect Trump and Betsy DeVos, a charter school advocate chosen by Trump as education secretary, pose for photographs at Trump National Gold Club Bedminister clubhouse in New Jersey. C harles Koch and Donald Trump may not much care for each other, but they share a common interest: a megalomaniacal desire for global power exercised through the unimpeded flow of private capital. That would explain why, despite Koch’s one-time description of a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as being as appealing as making a choice between having a heart attack or cancer , the Trump administration is expected to be stacked with members of the donor network helmed by Charles and his brother, David, and several veterans of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held corporation in the United States. Other names on the shortlist for cabinet posts and high-level administration jobs include millionaire and billionaire principals of privately held...

Donald Trump’s Calibrated Race and Sex War

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(Photo: AP/Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) People for the American Way hold a protest on November 18 in Upper Senate Park against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Donald Trump's Attorney General. I n the presidential appointments made so far by Donald Trump, the president-elect has signaled his willingness to feed his base of angry white people the race war they crave, if only thus far by means of posturing. But early next year, a race war of words will break out on the Senate floor, and there is little escaping the conclusion that this is what the next occupant of the Oval Office wants. For his chief of staff, Trump selected a talented propagandist whose specialty is fanning the flames of outrage through the use of incendiary themes. As chief executive of Breitbart News, Stephen K. Bannon oversaw a web empire which, he boasted, provided “a platform for the alt-right,” the Trump-loving white supremacist movement that the president-elect was finally shamed into disavowing on Tuesday...

A Government Of, By, and For the Deplorables

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(Photo: Adele M. Stan) A protester in Manhattan on Saturday, November 12 holds a sign protesting Trump's election. The joke had long been that if Donald Trump won the presidency, the White House would be reappointed with the gold-plated kitsch so prevalent in his real-estate holdings. A better choice, it seems, would be wicker, for if there ever was a basket of deplorables, it’s taking shape in the West Wing. Most notable among them is Stephen K. Bannon, the former Breitbart News chief executive who will serve as Trump’s chief strategist. As Breitbart’s head honcho, Bannon told journalist Sarah Posner that he fashioned the website as “ the platform for the alt-right ,” the once-fringy movement that encompasses white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and hate-mongering conspiracy theorists. Bannon’s appointment won applause , according to The Washington Post ’s David Weigel, from white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, who is convening a conference in Washington, D.C., this weekend at the...