Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is executive editor of The American Prospect. His email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

Recent Articles

Donald and Bibi’s Tin-Pot International

AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu at the White House. I t’s been a busy international relations week for the Western World’s two leading wannabe autocrats, U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump’s Veep, Mike Pence, met with stony silence when he told a gathering of Western European officials in Munich that they should join the U.S. in repudiating the multi-national agreement with Iran, which lifted trade sanctions with that nation in return for its ceasing to develop nuclear weapons. Our traditional European allies haven’t abandoned that agreement, since Iran appears to be living up to its end of the bargain. That silence wasn’t just due to Trump’s pulling out of that accord unilaterally, but was also the product of Trump’s broader repudiation of maintaining alliances with democracies, and of the conduct of such Trump-appointed...

Kinder, Gentler, Savage, Vicious Donald

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill. W ord is, Donald Trump’s speechwriters have never met one another or Trump himself, which is why his State of the Union addresses resemble nothing so much as the proverbial blind men describing an elephant. In one room (clearly much the biggest, for his section of the speech is the longest, requiring the tallest tales), a writer pens invective against immigrants at the border. In a smaller chamber, another writer comes up with an attack on abortion, putting in the president’s mouth the words that America must always be “a culture that cherishes innocent life.” You might think that this doesn’t quite describe Trump’s policy of snatching small children away from their parents at the border, but no effort is made in assembling Trump’s SOTU to square its various points or look for its gaping pitfalls. Ms. Abortion Deplorer and Mr. Immigration...

The Air Traffic Controllers Even the Score

AP Photo/Julio Cortez A Delta Airlines jet takes off from LaGuardia Airport in New York. O n January 14, the Prospect ran a piece by Georgetown’s Joe McCartin, one of the nation’s leading labor historians, recommending that federal workers start staging sickouts as, perhaps, the one way to compel our deranged president to end the government shutdown. McCartin was uniquely qualified to offer such advice: As the author of Collision Course, he had written the definitive history of the air traffic controller strike of 1981, which ended calamitously when President Ronald Reagan abruptly fired the strikers, busted their union (PATCO), and hired permanent replacements, thereby encouraging many American corporations to lock out their workers and fire them as a way to bust their own unions. Since strikes by federal workers are forbidden by law, Joe suggested that sickouts from strategically situated federal workers who were compelled to work without pay would be a way to force President Trump...

Trump Said Nothing New or True Last Night, but He Said It in Less Time Than It Usually Takes

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster As seen from a window outside the Oval Office, President Donald Trump gives a prime-time address about border security. O n the one hand, President Trump’s Oval Office address last night, calling for a wall on the border lest he keep the government shuttered, lasted just a mercifully brief eight minutes. On the other hand, it was impressive how many lies and how much fear mongering he was able to pack into those few short moments. Shorn of the normal Trumpian digressions, the density of dissimulation may have reached an all-time high. From Trump’s talk, you’d never know that crime rates for immigrants lag those for the U.S.-born. You’d never know that the women and children who’ve trekked from Central America to our frontiers have come to escape the murderous violence of their homelands (the same reason, essentially, that once prompted Jews to flee Russia and Poland). You’d never know that the drugs that come into the U.S. from abroad come preponderantly...

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