Obedience to Political Party Narratives Is Now Required By Right and Left, As the US Embraces Authoritarianism

I lived in authoritarian regimes where there was lack of due process and almost tribal presumptions of guilt and innocence. Both the right and the left (and this medium) are pushing the US in an authoritarian direction. "Please resist the temptation to follow hyper-partisan instincts in the Kavanaugh-Ford case," I wrote on Facebook, along with... Continue Reading →

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Some Leftists Defend Trump Against Russia Collusion Charges

Notable American leftists like Noam Chomsky; Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation; her husband, noted Russian scholar Stephen Cohen; and journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept are defending Donald Trump against charges of collusion with Russia. So is Mark Penn, a former advisor to Hillary Clinton. Chomsky on the Democracy Now show defended Trump against treason... Continue Reading →

9% of Obama Supporters Voted for Trump

"...We’ve learned that 9 percent of Barack Obama’s voters flipped to Trump, including 22 percent of Obama’s non–college educated white voters. That’s what matters most." -- Michael Tomasky, "Elitism Is Liberalism's Big Problem," New Republic. Liberals, he writes, "haven’t made their peace with middle America. Which is a pretty big deal, given that middle America is... Continue Reading →

‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Ruy Teixeira is optimistic about a progressive triumph against Trump and the Republicans. "Liberals Will Beat Trump in the End," he wrote in Washington Post: "The dominant ideology in the United States is one that combines 'symbolic conservatism' (honoring tradition, distrusting novelty, embracing the conservative label) with “operational liberalism” (wanting government to take more action in... Continue Reading →

I Might Be a Conservative in Britain

My conservative friends in America who rant against "liberalism" around the world do not seem well-informed. They don't seem to realize how isolated or narrow American conservatism appears to conservatives in, say, Britain. American conservatism tends to exalt individual autonomy over responsibility for others, complaining bitterly of the tax burden on those making more than... Continue Reading →

Sanders’ Democratic Socialism: A Bridge Too Far?

The last thing America needs is a left-wing version of the Tea Party, ideologically rigid, refusing to compromise, guaranteeing gridlock in a closely divided country or, if Democrats miraculously win a filibuster-proof majority in Congress in 2016 and then ram through Sanders' socialist platform in 2017-18, Sanders would certainly foment an angry conservative backlash from... Continue Reading →

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