The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the hypocritical Republican rush to replace her on the Supreme Court has prompted a new round of “vote shaming,” in which it is alleged that a refusal to acquiesce to the political duopoly by voting for the alleged “lesser of two evils” is to support the greater of two evils, a problem I took up a while ago in a previous blog post. Read more
See updates for September 20, 2020, and for September 21, 2020, at end of post.
One distinction I can draw between the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020 is that there could be little question that Clinton actually wanted the job. Biden seems more of a placeholder so the neoliberals can claim to still actually oppose Republicans. Read more
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s final act was to further demonstrate Republican hypocrisy.
It was about four years ago when Antonin Scalia died, opening a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Then-president Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, allegedly the least objectionable possibility Republicans could hope for from a Democratic president, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow a confirmation vote, averring that the Amerikkkan people should have a voice by way of the presidential election that year. Donald Trump won and nominated Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed to the Court. Read more
See addendum for September 17, 2020, and updates for September 18, 2020 and September 19, 2020, at end of post.
I no longer have, with WordPress.com, what I am paying for. Their latest changes are a travesty:
Conservatives don’t all speak of ‘freedom,’ but when they do, the hairs on the back of your neck should stand on end, fully erect.
As I have studied conservatism, notably for my dissertation, I have noticed that capitalist libertarians and neoliberals mean by by the word that they should be ‘free’ to exploit workers and the environment for personal gain, externalizing the associated costs, and thus burdening society at large with the costs they incur but should not have to pay for. Environmental pollution, extraction, and other degradation all take a toll on all life on earth; low wages and poor working conditions ultimately depend on state-subsidized social safety nets: Capitalists profit but object when presented with the cost. Capitalist libertarians and neoliberals will call any suggestion that they should reimburse the rest of humanity for those costs a “job killer.” Read more
In a time when confidence in political authority is at a low ebb, and climate crisis denial is widespread not only among the public but in political leadership, drastic action is needed, not just on the fires that now ravage the U.S. west, not just on the climate crisis, but as well for the economic fallout that already accompanies the pandemic, that politicians have also abjectly failed to respond to. Read more
When I was working towards my master’s degree and working as a teacher’s aide for my then-favorite professor, I remember a student stating his aspiration to work in law enforcement.
My professor immediately asked, “Whose law?” Read more
So Bob Woodward wrote a book. In this book, among other things, Donald Trump admits that he was well aware of the severity of COVID-19, but didn’t want to spread panic. He also denies wealthy white privilege, accusing Woodward of having drunk the Kool-Aid. There’s other fluff about how Kim Jong-Un flattered him. And I would assume, there is more that I have not learned about because I haven’t actually read the book, but am relying on a Washington Post account. Read more
See update for September 9, 2020, at end of post.
Somehow I missed this piece by Rosa Brooks describing more of the work of the Transition Integrity Project, which gamed out scenarios in which Donald Trump might very well, and I have to think probably would, resist a handover of power in the event he loses in November. Read more
Fox News is the enemy. Or so I’ve been hearing for a while now.
The claim, in essence—I have repeated this myself—is that as the country has become polarized, we have come to distrust each others’ sources of information and even each others’ motivations. Read more