Conservative voters feel assaulted by "moral Bolshevism," a belief that the liberal vision is the only right one. https://t.co/XUFaRSE12k SABRINA TAVERNISE in the NYT asks if liberals are helping Trump by expressing such intolerance for conservative beliefs, and pushing people who aren't comfortable with many of Trump's actions into his camp. She reports on interviews with … Continue reading Are Liberals Helping Trump?
Everybody is a hypocrite to some extent. Pointing out others' hypocrisy while not recognizing your own is in fact quite hypocritical. In online debates, I often see examples of "the pot calling the kettle black." Masha Gessen had a good reflection on hypocrisy in the NYT. Trump "made his first public concession to political expectations...to norms, … Continue reading In Praise of Hypocrisy
Local, state and federal agencies seizing the assets -- money or property -- of individuals accused but not convicted of crimes has become big business -- from $93.7 million in revenue in 1986 to $4.5 billion in 2014 -- and the Trump administration wants to make it even bigger business. President Trump has promised to … Continue reading Seizing Assets of The Accused Becomes Even Bigger Business Under Trump
Despite the abysmal popularity of Congress, only eight members lost re-election in 2016. More than nine out of 10 races were not the least bit competitive. The incumbents won overwhelmingly, with margins you would expect in North Korea, Russia or Zimbabwe. Lack of competition has a "seriously corrosive effect on the integrity of democracy...We must … Continue reading Gerrymandering of Congressional Districts Threatens Democracy
In "Strangers in the Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right," sociologist Arlie Hochschild probes the emotions of America's conservative base, to understand those who see government as more of a problem than solution, to "build the scaffolding of an empathy bridge." "We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with 'the other' … Continue reading Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) describes how Donald Trump supporters in his state and elsewhere harken back to the populism of President Andrew Jackson (in a speech that shows far more policy knowledge than your typical Trump speech). The speech is brimming with resentment at Obama's foreign policy and undefined "elites." And yet he takes a … Continue reading Andrew Jackson a Hero to Trump Supporters
A long-time tactic of extremists and terrorists is to put mainstream "moderates" in a constant state of reaction, to essentially eliminate the middle by forcing people to choose between left-wing anarchists (or socialists and communists) engaging in violence to challenge what they perceive as an anti-democratic regime and right-wing fascists engaging in violence to defend … Continue reading Crazies of the Left and Right Threaten Freedom