Tom Piatak

Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • See the Gun, Leave the Cannoli
    June 3, 2020

    See the Gun, Leave the Cannoli

    2 min

    Saturday the mob descended on my hometown of Cleveland. With the police operating under rules that rendered them largely impotent, the vandals had their way, and business after business was sacked.

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  • Go Big or Go Home
    June 2020

    Go Big or Go Home

    4 min

    Trump risks becoming another Herbert Hoover, reviled for decades. His best chance at reelection is to move from a fitful embrace of a variety of nationalist policies to a full-throated advocacy of American nationalism.

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  • Never Trumpers Call Quarantined Americans ‘Whiners’
    May 12, 2020

    Never Trumpers Call Quarantined Americans ‘Whiners’

    2 ¼ min

    Never Trumper conservatives say quarantined Americans should stay home and shut up, unless their thoughts are in line with the consensus du jour of respectable opinion.

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  • Tariffs Work
    March 2020

    Tariffs Work

    3 ¾ min

    For decades, American political discourse has largely operated within the spectrum of opinions voiced by the editorial pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Opinions not embraced by one of these newspapers were unlikely to advance very far, and those voicing such unapproved opinions were, sooner or later, likely to be denounced as thought criminals of one variety or another. Not coincidentally, the opinions of the Big Three newspapers tend to advance the material interests of the type of persons who write them and read them, regardless of the impact they have on the country as a whole or on the great many Americans who are far removed culturally and geographically from the opinion-forming centers of Manhattan and D.C.

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  • An Arrogance Justified by Nothing
    February 3, 2020

    An Arrogance Justified by Nothing

    5 ½ min

    It was a revealing moment. Former GOP consultant turned Never Trumper Rick Wilson began ridiculing Trump supporters on CNN as “credulous Boomer rube[s]” who believe “Donald Trump is the smart one and y’all elitists are dumb.” Muslim activist and New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali joined in, mimicking the rubes’ supposed disdain for “You elitists, with your geography and your maps and your spelling” and “your reading, y’know, your geography, knowin’ other countries, sipping your latte.”

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