Category Archives: politics

When good economic results happen to bad presidents

Washington Post headline: Jobs in manufacturing are indeed up and we have no idea how to fit this into the narrative that the world is about to die under Trump. (Or something like that.) I wish the story had pointed … Continue reading

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Fascism and the free press

Let’s take a look at a couple of concurrent things … First: Many news organizations have fought back against Trump’s anti-journalist incitements.  A Poynter roundup opened with a good statement of purpose. Yes, the Trumpistas will simply yell and scream … Continue reading

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A response to “Liberals Need to Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears”

Dear Mr. Edsall, Please forgive me if the salutation is too formal. I was brought up in the South to say “yes, sir” and “no, ma’am,” and while I have modernized a bit depending on context, I felt it appropriate … Continue reading

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To interview or not to interview a Nazi

You probably know this by now: The New York Times ran a story on a … white nationalist? Nazi? They were accused of “normalizing” Nazis, prompting a thoughtful response from the editor and a strange, defensive response from the reporter, who seemed … Continue reading

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Unraveling the Confederate flag

Our town has a pretty big Halloween parade, and it’s an annual tradition to toss blankets and chairs along the parade route to stake a good viewing spot. Yesterday, I saw this: Yes, that’s a Confederate flag blanket on the … Continue reading

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Anarchist/antifa philosophy and tactics just a wee bit counterproductive

Attention conservative or “yes, Trump is evil, but when will the Left address the other side” people: Most people I know on the “Left” (whatever that means) want nothing to do with these idiots and have done a far better … Continue reading

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What about whataboutism?

Like a lot of bullying tools, “whataboutism” is powerful because there’s a bit of logic to it, however twisted it may be. In fact, on the meta level, it’s easy to use whataboutism to fight complaints about whataboutism. Most people … Continue reading

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