All posts by Mark Caleb Smith

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University.

Churn, Churn, Churn: Trump’s Management “Style” Threatens White House

Gary Cohn, head of Donald Trump’s National Economic Council, has resigned his post. Reports indicate Cohn reached an impasse with Trump over the President’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Cohn was not only a consistent voice for free trade, he was also one of the few advisors committed to speaking the truth to Trump regardless of the consequences. Former COO of Goldman Sachs, Cohn seemingly behaved as if it was his responsibility to advise the President… Continue Reading ››

Black Panther is Among the Best Comic Book Films Ever Made

It should not surprise us that a film called Black Panther (directed by Ryan Coogler, and written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole), has more than a political bent. The comic book character was created in 1966, which was an audacious moment for his debut. Though Stan Lee, a co-creator, has denied any connection between the incipient political movement and his superhero, an African prince with supernatural powers, the coincidence surely shapes how we understand the comic and now, to a… Continue Reading ››