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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Compare And Contrast: The Interlopers

Custer’s Last Stand
Left, Jacquelyn Martin/AP - Right, Stephen B. Morton/AP

These are extreme times, so it is no surprise that the both sides of our increasingly moribund two-party system are being roiled by avatars of “radicalism.”

I put scare quotes around “radicalism” because, in spite of the irresistible pull to equate the populism of Donald Trump with that of Bernie Sanders, there is a clear difference between the characters of these two men and the movements they represent/inspire. This is much more than just a left vs. right worldview contest.

This is Thunderdome. At least I hope it is.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Highly Irregular, Not So Annual September 11th Post.

The Butterfly from Hell
What Paul Krugman said:
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
Get over it.

My 10-year anniversary post, for what it’s worth.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

On Communication And The Changing American Demographic - A Looming Concern

Custer’s Last Stand

I’ve long suspected that one of the reasons why human beings haven’t yet figured out how to carry on a conversation with bottlenosed porpoises, African gray parrots, et al. in their own language is quite simply that we’re terrified of what they might say to us—not least because it’s entirely possible that they’d be right...
- Darwin's Casino - The Archdruid Report

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kilpatrick vs. Giridharadas: Class vs. Privilege

Beggar's Cup
Image courtesy Le Colonel Chabert

An item at Truthdig brought to my attention a schism of perception between two thinkers concerned with inequality and privilege. I think it’s important to understand what is being said here. The Anand Giridharadas quote that ruffled the feathers of Connor Kilpatrick at Jacobin:
Don't console yourself that you are the 99 percent. If you live near a Whole Foods; if no one in your family serves in the military; if you are paid by the year, not the hour; if most people you know finished college; if no one you know uses meth; if you married once and remain married; if you're not one of 65 million Americans with a criminal record — if any or all of these things describe you, then accept the possibility that actually, you may not know what's going on, and you may be part of the problem.