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Most Racists Are Good People (27 Jul 2014 01:01pm)
In Namibia, then under South African control and also an apartheid state, the towns were widely spaced in a desert of sere geologic beauty. A farmer who gave me a lift lived some hundred-plus kilometers outside of the next town, but recognizing that there would be little traffic and so virtually no ...
Hazlitt on Henry V (24 Jul 2014 10:51pm)
Henry V is a very favorite monarch with the English nation, and he appears to have been also a favorite with Shakespeare, who labors hard to apologize for the actions of the king, by showing us the character of the man, as "the king of good fellows." He scarcely deserves this honor. He was fond of w...
Cause of Every Israel-Palestine War (23 Jul 2014 05:09pm)
The war isn't a hurricane; it didn't happen by itself. Leaders on both sides made choices. In Israel, despite an unusual number of protests so early in a war, most of the public seems to think the government is doing the right thing, perhaps too timidly. I doubt anyone can judge public opinion accur...
Thomas Frank on Obama's Legacy (21 Jul 2014 10:13pm)
In approaching this subject, let us first address the historical situation of the Obama administration. The task of [presidential] museums, like that of history generally, is to document periods of great change. The task facing the makers of the Obama museum, however, will be pretty much exactly the...
Beware We "Slow" Thinkers! (20 Jul 2014 08:49pm)
That was the trouble with slow people. Give him a fool any day. Slow people took some time to catch up, but when they did they rolled right over you. —Terry Pratchett Making Money ...
Class Is Not Style (11 Jul 2014 07:50pm)
We have seen already that Marxists have a problem with the idea of utopia. This is one reason why they reject the illusion that, just because chief executives nowadays might sport sneakers, listen to Rage Against the Machine and beseech their employees to call them "Cuddlykins," social class has bee...
Eric Cantor on Eric Cantor (27 Jun 2014 12:38pm)
From obstructing a jobs bill to put Americans back to work in 2011, to derailing gun control measures any time they reached my desk, I feel blessed to have had such an incredible run of preventing productive policies, and even a few pieces of landmark legislation, from ever passing... Of course, I'm...
The Facts About the Reagan Presidency (03 May 2014 04:42pm)
A more factual synopsis of the Reagan presidency might read like this: that Reagan was a transformative figure in American history, but his real revolution was one of public relations-meets-politics and not one of policy. He combined his small-town heartland upbringing with a skill for storytelling ...
David Frum Summarizes Charles Murray (14 Mar 2014 10:49am)
You are a white man aged 30 without a college degree. Your grandfather returned from World War II, got a cheap mortgage courtesy of the GI bill, married his sweetheart and went to work in a factory job that paid him something like $50,000 in today's money plus health benefits and pension. Your fathe...
Merciful God and Parasitic Worms (02 Mar 2014 07:17pm)
My response is that when Creationists talk about God creating every individual species as a separate act, they always instance hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things. But I tend to think instead of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on the bank of a r...
Absurdity of Neoliberal Policy (22 Feb 2014 01:09pm)
I have a six-year-old son. His name is Jin-Gyu. He lives off me, yet he is quite capable of making a living. I pay for his lodging, food, education and health care. But millions of children of his age already have jobs. Daniel Defoe, in the 18th century, thought that children could earn a living fro...
Send in the Hacks! (21 Jan 2014 10:20am)
Query: Is there anyone telling us now that Christie is, or might be, innocent who wasn't telling us in October 2012 that Mitt Romney was going to win or that the election was "too close to call"? —Mark Kleiman Journalism V. Hackery ...
Banker and Drug Dealer Economic Stimulus (07 Jan 2014 06:02pm)
Marketplace radio says that we should be happy for those big Wall Street bonuses because they lead to more spending and job creation. Of course spending by the Wall Street boys creates jobs, but the same is true of spending by drug dealers and bank robbers. It is a bit peculiar that a news show woul...
Conservative "Populism" (23 Dec 2013 03:08pm)
Even before Washington conservatives like William Kristol repudiated the conservative populist strategy that the Republican right had pursued since the days of Nixon, conservative populism was revealed as a fraud by the deeds of Newt Gingrich and his allies in the Republican Congress elected in 1994...
Disunited States (01 Dec 2013 05:53pm)
One scenario that might preserve the status quo for the United States would be for its nations to follow the Canadian example and compromise on their respective cultural agendas for the sake of unity. Unfortunately, neither the Dixie bloc nor the Northern alliance is likely to agree to major concess...
Just Say No to an Economy of Exclusion (26 Nov 2013 10:24pm)
53. Just as the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say "thou shalt not" to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person di...
Inequality From Birth in the United States (19 Nov 2013 01:13pm)
Now the idea that "dependency" is what makes people poor might make some sense if we were all born with the same opportunities to get ahead. Tragically, however, that American dream is dead, or, at the very least, it lies broken and bleeding on the side of the road. In today's economy, the single gr...
The Best Healthcare in the World! (15 Nov 2013 03:17pm)
The United States is in the midst of the most sweeping health insurance expansions and market reforms since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Our 2013 survey of the general population in eleven countries—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sw...
Obamacare's Small Portions (30 Oct 2013 02:08pm)
Has anyone else noticed how much the GOP position on Obamacare resembles the classic borscht belt joke about the two ladies at a Catskills resort? Lady #1: "The food here is so terrible, it's inedible!" Lady #2: "And the portions are so small!" Republican #1: "Obamacare is slavery!" Republican #2: "...
God Likes Squids More Than You (13 Oct 2013 05:24pm)
Take the human eye, one of the creationist's favorite examples. Some people see dark spots on their eyes when staring at very bright light (or sometimes even the blue sky). Those spots are caused by the fact that the blood vessels serving the eye are positioned in front of the optical nerves. This i...
Wind Power Heats the Earth (12 Oct 2013 09:40am)
Wind is God's way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it's hotter to areas where it's cooler. That's what wind is. Wouldn't it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down,...
Neoliberalism's Attack on Democracy (25 Sep 2013 01:04pm)
A vibrant political culture needs community groups, libraries, public schools, neighborhood organizations, cooperatives, public meeting places, voluntary associations, and trade unions to provde ways for citizens to meet, communicate, and interact with their fellow citizens. Neoliberal democracy, wi...
The Press and Public Opinion (06 Aug 2013 02:48pm)
In the development of opinion, newspapers play an indispensable part. Without them, democracy could not endure in large countries like the United States and Canada, for, aside from local areas of small population where events become a matter of common knowledge through the personal intercourse, peop...
Snowden Causing Distrust of America! (20 Jul 2013 01:24pm)
It's a funny country, America. You can launch a destructive, expensive, self-defeating and dishonest war that (predictably) leads to hundreds of thousands of senseless deaths, millions of refugees, trillions of wasted dollars, an explosion of global hatred, etc, and apparently everything's still coo...
Pressure on Republican House?! (21 Jun 2013 10:16pm)
I've been skeptical of the idea that if 70 senators vote for the immigration bill it will put so much pressure on House Republicans that they will have to pass it. If 70 senators vote for it, that means (given likely unanimity or near-unanimity among the Democrats) that a strong majority of Senate R...
Noise as Censorship (18 Jun 2013 08:44pm)
Noise becomes a cover. I would say that the ideology of the censorship through noise can be expressed, with apologies to Wittgenstein, by saying, "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must talk a great deal." The flagship TG1 news program on Italian state television, for example, is a master of thi...
Tom Clancy Combat Concepts (18 May 2013 02:36pm)
No one amongst those people had served in combat, but Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson and his staff were all the combat personnel. And it's funny, they were shuffled over at the State Department and the civilian ideologues were put over into the Pentagon and they were the people who came up with wh...
How to Make War Bipartisan (15 May 2013 07:54pm)
Recall back in 2008 that the CIA prepared a secret report (subsequently leaked to WikiLeaks) that presciently noted that the election of Barack Obama would be the most effective way to stem the tide of antiwar sentiment in western Europe, because it would put a pleasant, happy, progressive face on t...
Dobson's Negro as Other (21 Apr 2013 08:49pm)
In the complexion of negroes we meet with various shades; but they likewise differ far from other men in all the features of their face. Round cheeks, high cheek bones, a forehead somewhat elevated, a short, broad, flat nose, thick lips, small ears, ugliness, and irregularity of shape, characterize ...
In Memoriam: 4 April 1968 (04 Apr 2013 06:26pm)
In 1968 sanitation workers made history in Memphis, Tennessee. Over a thousand workers went on strike to protest unfair wages, discrimination, and unsafe working conditions that took the lives of two of their own. Marching through the streets, they wore signs declaring "I Am a Man." In April, Dr. Ma...
Yglesias on "Illegals" (25 Mar 2013 12:27pm)
The correct word choice around unauthorized immigration to the United States is, of course, politically contested in the United States. I like to refer to unauthorized immigration or migration because I think it's correct. Talk about undocumented immigrants seems euphemistic, like they just lost the...
Epicurus' Trilemma (24 Mar 2013 01:55pm)
(1) If God is unable to prevent evil, he is not omnipotent. (2) If God is not willing to prevent evil, he is not good. (3) If God is willing and able to prevent evil, then why is there evil? —Epicurus Trilemma Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion...
Hamilton Straightens the Prols Out (12 Mar 2013 03:51pm)
All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and well born, the other the mass of the people. The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true in fact. The people are tur...
Economic Libertarianism (08 Mar 2013 10:53am)
The fundamental error of economic libertarians is one of faith, faith in the divine efficiency of the almighty market. And, like chiliastic Christians everywhere, market fundamentalists—no matter how many times events refute their articles of faith—can be relied upon to find some handy e...
Obama Talks About Himself (23 Feb 2013 02:37pm)
Most of us are wise to the ways of admen, pollsters, speechwriters, and pundits. We know how high-flying words can be deployed in the service of cynical aims, and how the noblest sentiments can be subverted in the name of power, expedience, greed, or intolerance. —Barack Obama, without a hint...
Sullivan on Revolutionary Republicans (15 Feb 2013 08:53am)
No entity in our polity right now is more radical and revolutionary than the current GOP: their contempt for institutional custom knows few bounds when it comes to the short-term tactical possibility of impeding even a newly re-elected president, after losing the popular vote for the presidency, Sen...
Gojira on CNN (06 Feb 2013 05:08pm)
I am a good historian when I get home, plop down in front of the TV, switch it on, see an image of a giant creature smashing Tokyo, and do not infer, "Oh! I must be watching CNN!" Is it because I know darn well that monsters do not and cannot exist? I know no such thing! Cryptozoology tell us we may...
Kiriakou on Conviction (28 Jan 2013 09:02am)
I am proud that I stood up to our government. I stood up for what I believed was right conviction or no conviction. I mean they can convict anybody of anything if they put their minds to it, but I wear this as a badge of honor. I am not a criminal. I am a whistleblower. The thing that I blew the whi...
Antisemite Martin Luther (17 Jan 2013 09:15am)
I shall give you my sincere advice: First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are C...
More Tea Party Idiocy (16 Jan 2013 10:53am)
It is pure baloney to say we have to pay the bills for things Congress has already approved. We are drawing the line on future spending, not the debt or obligations to Social Security, Medicare and the military, which can all be met without an immediate rise in the debt ceiling. —Amy Kremer Q...
A Tale of Two Movements (09 Jan 2013 08:33am)
The fact is this—anyone paying careful attention could have told you that the Tea Party was simply the old far right dressed up in funny new clothing. Its numbers historically hover between one-fifth and one-third of all voters depending on the times. These were the people who thought Presiden...
First They Came With... (08 Jan 2013 12:08pm)
First they came with their Social Security, and I didn't speak out because it seemed like it would be good for the old and the economy too—a win-win. Then they came with their interstate highway system, and I didn't speak out because I knew that could be great for commerce. Then they came wi...
Our Final Rest (26 Dec 2012 08:22pm)
I think death is, gratefully, final. It's no different from the state that we were in before we were conceived. Even though life is very short—I'm fond of pointing out to people that the average human life is less than 1,000 months long, which is a good reason for not wasting time if one can h...
The Problem With Tolerance (26 Dec 2012 06:33pm)
If you step back from this for a second, you realize that what they are saying is "we are not for marriage equality, but we are for tolerance." So, quite literally, what is being suggested is that certain people will be tolerated instead of made equal. And that is the way tolerance has operated for ...
The Danger of Conservative Frames (24 Dec 2012 08:41pm)
There are, of course, problems with this "truth by focus group" approach. For instance, polling data show that a majority of Americans do not know that electrons are smaller than atoms. The diffusion of knowledge would be greatly impeded if science teachers were expected to adjust their ideas accord...
Different Views of Fiscal Cliff (18 Dec 2012 01:12pm)
Let's say that President Obama and Speaker Boehner agree on a deal that allows $1 trillion of the scheduled tax increases to take place over the next decade and cuts $1 trillion in spending over the same period. Most Republicans will view that as a deal with a 1-1 ratio of spending cuts to tax incre...
Chico's Favorite People (14 Dec 2012 08:59am)
Chico's favorite people were actors who gambled, producers who gambled, and women who screwed. —Gummo Marx, about his brother...
If I Had a Nickel... (05 Dec 2012 09:21pm)
If I had a nickel for every time I've been incarcerated... I'd have fifteen cents. —John Lyshitski Let's Go To Prison...
King on Poverty (05 Dec 2012 10:31am)
The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has com...
The Plutocrats (29 Nov 2012 11:31am)
I think the way it works—and I think Romney's comments were very telling in this regard—there are two differences in the mind of this class. First, they're absolutely convinced that they're not asking for special privileges for themselves. They're convinced that it just so happens that t...
Economic Fairness for Homeowners (23 Nov 2012 10:31am)
We certainly should be trying to help underwater homeowners as a simple matter of fairness. We bailed out Wall Street billionaires, it seems a pretty minimal proposition to offer assistance to homeowners who bought into a bubble that all the top economists insisted did not exist. —Dean Baker ...
This Is What I've Been Saying About the DMV (21 Nov 2012 11:54am)
I've recently had fairly extensive dealings with both our health care system and with the New Jersey DMV. In one case, I encountered vast amounts of paperwork, mind-numbing bureaucracy, and extremely frustrating delays. In the other, my needs were met quickly and politely. So far, then, it's DMV 1,...
Fix The Debt Hypocrisy (21 Nov 2012 09:13am)
What [Fix The Debt] believe in, instead, is the overwhelmingly importance of rate-cutting tax reform and reduced spending on retirement programs. Which is fine. Tax reform and the appropriate level of spending on bolstering the living standards of retired people are legitimate topics for debate. But...
Sex Scandal Highlights War (13 Nov 2012 08:57pm)
WASHINGTON—As they scoured the Internet for more juicy details about former CIA director David Petraeus' affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, Americans were reportedly horrified today upon learning that a protracted, bloody war involving U.S. forces is currently raging in the nation of Afghanista...
Latinos Not Natural Conservatives (13 Nov 2012 12:05pm)
This post isn't meant to take sides in that debate, just to urge that one talking point in it be retired. Namely: "Hispanics are natural conservatives because they're hard working, family-oriented, and religious." This line manages to be condescending to Hispanics, self-congratulatory for conservati...
The Truth About Republicans (07 Nov 2012 06:07pm)
I don't think the "crazies" of the GOP are any different, policywise, from the mainstream, they're just a bit more uncouth. They shriek instead of dogwhistle, say what they actually think instead of speaking in code. —Duncan Black, Taken Over By The Crazies ...
"Likely" Voters (05 Nov 2012 03:22pm)
[T]he study shows is that the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner went back at the end of 2008 and looked at who in their samples actually voted. It turned out that something like 87% of people who said they were likely to vote ended up voting. 70% of those who said they [were] pretty likely voted...
Bill Clinton Tells the Truth (03 Nov 2012 12:33pm)
Let me tell you something. I may be the only person in America, but I am far more enthusiastic about President Obama this time than I was four years ago. —Bill Clinton, campaign rally in Florida (Thanks to PoliticalWire.) ...
Krugman's One Point Economic Plan (26 Oct 2012 09:25am)
Actually, if describing what you want to see happen without providing any specific policies to get us there constitutes a "plan," I can easily come up with a one-point plan that trumps Mr. Romney any day. Here it is: Every American will have a good job with good wages. Also, a blissfully happy marri...
The Wonderful Reagan Years! (20 Oct 2012 01:53pm)
On December 5, 1982, Ronald Reagan met Guatemalan president Efraín Ríos Montt in Honduras. It was a useful meeting for Reagan. "Well, I learned a lot," he told reporters on Air Force One. "You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries." It was also a useful meeting for Ríos Montt. Reagan decl...
The Cheech-and-Chong Machine (08 Oct 2012 05:10pm)
We have allowed the powerful, the rich, the Democratic and Republican Cheech-and-Chong machine... to define the political context through which we view the world... We need to remove 9/11 from our memories for a moment, and look at a perfect trajectory of mass slaughter in Iraq that extends back man...
Theodore Roosevelt on Inequality 1910 (26 Sep 2012 05:14pm)
The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man's making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effect...
Kung Fu Wisdom (03 Aug 2012 11:37pm)
Not to understand a man's purpose does not make him confused. —Master Po If a man dwells on the past, then he robs the present. But if a man ignores the past, he may rob the future. The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past. —Master Po In striving for an ideal, we ...

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