James Poulos
James Poulos
James Poulos
James Poulos is contributing editor at American Affairs and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Digital Life.
The Fight Against Islamism Is The New Cold War

The nexus of state-sponsored terror, subversion, and infiltration established during the Cold War has been reactivated, threatening Western civilization itself.

The President Should Apologize At Hiroshima

In allowing illiberalism to run rampant around the world under his watch, President Obama has worsened the kind of challenges not even the most powerful bombs can well resolve.

Why Contempt Feeds Trump

Donald Trump has distinguished himself as America’s most anarchic and comical fomenter of violent contempt. He has not created this culture, however. We have.

Why Donald Trump Can’t Defeat Neocons

Donald Trump’s foreign policy program reminds us that many people are enthusiastic about contradictory nonsense when it seems to break through a persistent impasse.

How Rejecting Heroes Makes Us Psycho

Isn’t there something mysterious about our difficult times that causes Batman and Superman to become morally ambiguous enemies?

Now Hamilton Is Safe On The $10, Take Jackson Off The $20

Militant populism that comes from people with no military experience is all but guaranteed to be dumb and dangerous in a way warriors are not. So Andrew Jackson needs to go.

How Trump Supporters Really Can Make America Great Again

Stun the snobs. Make them remember how noble in grace we can be even at our lowest and most betrayed.

Trump: The Deadpool Of National Politics

We need to understand Donald Trump’s success. If we don’t, we’ll suffer a third wave of frustrated, debilitating confusion.

Marco Rubio’s Achilles Heel: We Can’t Trust Him

Rather than worrying about personal smears, Marco Rubio should recognize his rivals have a much more lethal weapon to use against him.

The Milo Mortification

In a climate of all-consuming paranoia there’s hardly a choice but to feel outright comradeship with someone whose plucky charisma is untouched by needling persecution.

Terrorists, Mass Shootings, And The Rise Of The Warrior Kid

Rather than thinking solely in terms of shooters and terrorists, we must now also think in terms of mercenaries and warlords.

The Church Of Jar Jar Binks

For us Americans, Jar Jar Binks-style tacky and unrefined immaturity is never merely an act: it’s a way of life. That includes religion.

The Demise Of The Modern Playboy

No, not the magazine. The original playboy was too busy reading lines to write them.

Fourteen Years Of 9/11 Memories

The real lesson of 9/11 emerged: everything can change forever, every year, out of what, on closer inspection, is never really the clear blue.

How To Correctly Admire Donald Trump

Donald Trump resonates with our world to the point of emanating daily shock waves because he is not of our world.

What Minecraft Teaches Me About Fatherhood

We’re already in a world together, but stepping into another expands the experience of our own.

We’re All Lawyers Now

Without love and commitment, people feel a need to reflexively protect the tribes that allow us to remain anonymous. Just like lawyers.

What To Make Of Mumford’s Metamorphosis

Mumford and Sons’ ‘Wilder Mind’ demands, like a bad significant other: Explain me, for I cannot explain myself.

Here’s What Jonathan Gruber Got Right

The populist impulse to attack Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber must be tempered by recognizing he has told us all a truth we don’t want to hear.

Rand Paul’s Return To Foreign-Policy Realism

Neoliberals and neoconservatives have misunderstood human dignity and overreached accordingly. Time for a dose of realism.