James "Trip" Brennan

Journalist and Researcher

Location icon Washington, DC

Current freelancer. Former civil rights activist and policy researcher. Interested in democracy, racial justice, economic inequality, and travel.

Clips include The Intercept, The Michigan Daily, Consider Magazine, and my personal blog, Rights & Liberties.

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Alt-Right peaceniks feel betrayed by Trump

This article first appeared on the Washington Spectator. Prior to the 2016 presidential election, I would bet that most people shared my mental image of the modern-day neo-Nazi movement: a hodgepodge of tatted-up skinheads, gun-toting militiamen, hooded Ku Klux Klan members and miscellaneous bloodthirsty Turner Diaries cosplayers.

Rights & Liberties
The basics of our anti-democracy

Sometime last year, I think it was in the summer, I sent out a series of Tweets making an argument that had lived only in my head for quite a while: my country is not a democracy, and given its his...

Rights & Liberties
Tim Scott and History

Some musings on South Carolina Senator and "GOP rising star" Tim Scott, a historic figure with little interest in history - 1,014 words.

The Michigan Daily
Gentrifying the Student Ghetto

As expensive high-rises continue to develop, students will suffer economically and politically - 891 words

The Michigan Daily
The Names They Carry

A dissent on the legacy of Gerald Ford - 972 words

The Michigan Daily
Illuminate the Darkness

Reflections on four years at a post-racial campus in a post-racial society - 853 words

The Michigan Daily
Rock, Paper, Scissors

As the Supreme Court ponders Michigan's affirmative action ban, advocates on both sides remain confused - 905 words

The Michigan Daily
The Story of Frank Clark

A football player's background raises the question: Why do men attack women? - 671 words

The Michigan Daily
Dreams From My Sister

A personal story explaining mental illness as a public health crisis - 819 words

Detroit: Worse Than We Think

The largest municipal bankruptcy in American history is only the beginning of Detroit's woes - 741 words

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