See update for February 26, 2022, at end of post.
Something that caught my eye in Nan Levinson’s absolutely outstanding article on white supremacy in the military was this: “As an Army captain emailed me, ‘The military recruits heavily from the same population that extremist organizations do — socially isolated, downwardly mobile, and economically vulnerable young men.’” She also notes “a larger ‘cultural project’ that, however unexamined, is aimed at creating an ever-more-militarized (which also means an ever-more-extreme) society,” in which “war is sold, not just as acceptable, but as necessary to maintain the vaunted American way of life.” Read more
Something snapped. Actually, I know what snapped.
Somebody posted a lack of appreciation for Bruce Springsteen on Twitter.
See update for February 1, 2021, at end of post.
One of the people I follow on Twitter was talking about “unity,” a reference I initially thought was to that sought by mainstream Democrats who subvert progressive ideals to neoliberal ends, but turns out to be to that sought by a member of the Boogaloo Bois, a right wing militia group. A member and possible leader of the group, who identifies himself as Magnus Panvidya, espouses capitalist libertarian views, emphasizing socially liberal ideas, including legalized sex work and drugs, and diminishing to near-nonexistence the economic ideas that principally mark capitalist libertarianism in an interview by the self-admittedly controversial YouTube star, Jimmy Dore. The Boogaloo Bois have been described as Read more
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See updates through January 22, 2021, at bottom of post.
I was contemplating holding back on publication of this blog post until following Joe Biden’s inauguration. I’ve never done anything like that before. This would have been a first. But I am also realizing that I have a vanishingly small readership and that among that readership, there may be some who could benefit from having their fears allayed.
The first thing I have to say about Trumpsters is that these are vile, horrible, despicable, hateful people. What I have seen, driving around southwestern Pennsylvania, and read, both in the course of doing my dissertation and since, convinces me that there is no redemption for them; they delight in cruelty. They (and most other conservatives, including mainstream Democrats) fully deserve an awful, miserable, humiliating end. I hope that such an end comes with minimal casualties among those police and military who defend the inauguration. Read more
See updates through June 4, 2021, at end of post.
The idea of a general strike has come up before. It’s always fizzled and it’s important to be clear about why it fizzled and why it might not this time. Read more
See updates through September 15, 2021, at end of post.
Over the years, indeed since my public speaking class, back when I first returned to school in 2003, I have repeatedly argued that the United States is beset by irreconcilable differences, that as difficult as it is to conceive, a national divorce is the only sane way out. In that time, polarization has only intensified. This now culminates in a sometimes violent disagreement over who won an election that occurred a month and a half ago. It’s not even seriously that the fact of the outcome is in dispute, but rather what the outgoing president and his followers desperately want to believe. Read more
It seems like more people have more Christmas decorations up this year, as if they are trying desperately to lighten the mood of an utterly foul year, in which we have been beset by a pandemic that Donald Trump tried to minimize but is afflicting more people than ever and overwhelming more hospitals than ever, in which Trump lost an election but is desperately attempting to overturn the results, and the Black Lives Matter movement which seemed to hold such promise has simply sputtered out. Read more
See updates through November 30, 2021, at end of post.
Note, October 4, 2020: I received a text from a local campaign touting endorsements from the police and gun nuttery lobbies. Honestly, I have no idea how these folks even begin to imagine that I might support their candidate when I favor abolition of the police and oppose gun nuttery.
It motivated me to dredge up my old research journal entry on my analysis of the second amendment which, to say the least, is not the one that presently prevails, especially in Pennsylvania. When I go into the raw text of my old Drupal database dump, I don’t know the date the entry was created, nor do I know the original title. But in this case, I see there’s an update, which I’ve moved to the end of the post. The entry, as resurrected, follows.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting, I will here run where angels fear to tread, into an analysis of the wording of the second amendment. First, the text itself:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.