Of all the things Trump has done, perhaps this was the high point of his presidency. There he is, delighted with himself, able to “realize the fever dream of a ketchup-addicted 9-year-old”. Nothing wrong as such with enjoying your inner child, but when that’s the peak of a 4 year reign of one of the […]
Over the other side of the big water, there’s been a lot of Trump inspired ‘freedom’ flaff about not wearing masks when asked, or indeed, doing anything that might reduce the spread of Covid-19. Brilliant way to explain why some rules and limits are good:
Protests over the murder of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer have reached every single US state, in a level of nationwide demonstration not seen since the 1968 assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Curfews are in place across dozens of cities and National Guard troops have been deployed […]
Power granted must be limited, if not, it will destroy that which it draws power from.
In Trumpistan, Yonatan Zunger had a guess at how things might play out (https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/what-things-going-wrong-can-look-like-400f84a0cc3a#.yyni3tha1): On a recent post I made about how President Trump marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, one of my readers asked a good, but hard, question: Why did this regime single out some particular groups (e.g., Muslims, Latinos, Black, and Trans people) as […]
Marsha Gessen wrote a set of six rules for surviving an autocracy back in November 2016 ( http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/11/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival/ ). Well worth a revisit in light of recent events, they’ve stood the test of the last few months anyway. Sample: I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about […]
This is a fascinating and delightful article by Katie Notopoulos, with its detail on classic Mod Dramas: Things have gotten bumpy for the alt-right online movement since the election. It’s facing an identity crisis (what does it mean to be the “alt” if you’re getting what you want?) and grappling with certain fundamental questions like […]