The Green Lantern theory of Politics and the Presidency
During the Bush years, Yglesias coined the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics to mock conservatives who believed that “[t]he only thing limiting us is a lack of willpower” in foreign policy. What he identifies here is nothing less than a Green Lantern theory of the presidency in which all domestic policy compromises are attributed to a lack of presidential will. And, like the Green Lantern theory of geopolitics, this view is nonfalsifiable.
via The Green Lantern theory of the presidency by Brendan Nyhan.
Also: The political version of Green Lanternism. And legendary Green Lantern writer Dennis O’Neil’s take on the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics, and his followup. And why Green Lantern matters.