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  • Trump isn't of the far right. He's more liberal than any of the post WWII Republican presidents. That's leaving Bush II out of the analysis. Bush II is a progressive--as opposed to a liberal--who made some religious noises for political reasons. Bush II should be considered in the line of progressive warmongers that include Wilson and FDR.

    Really, the vast majority of Republicans are in the mushy middle. There are almost no viable political leaders on the traditional right.

    Then you have the Democrats who are dividing between liberals and progressives. (The fatally flawed left-right spectrum is badly breaking down here.) Most of the noise in academia and the press is coming out of the progressives these days, with the traditional liberals keeping their heads down and their mouths shut. The progressives are convinced of the correctness of their positions -- both factually and morally -- and they will not tolerate any dissension. They are reactively authoritarian and will severely punish anyone who disagrees with them.

    On the far left (and I'm wincing even as I use the metaphor) they have donned black shirts and taken to the streets in a revival of fascism. And yes, fascists have always been of the left. One of the great victories of the Frankfurt School's Cultural Marxism and its critical theory is in convincing academia and the press that fascists were of the far right. The fascist worship of the state is a linear extrapolation of progressivism.

  • Ooh boy, another "X and Y aren't useful labels, don't map well to reality, and have no accepted definitions, but here's a bunch of things I strongly believe about Xists and Yists" hoedown. Yeehaw!

    Meanwhile on the planet earth, the obvious label for Trump is apolitical. He doesn't ally himself or form enemies based on policy, he chooses policies according to his allies and enemies. Nonetheless, it's clearly true that people who consider themselves "far right", or are popularly labeled that way, correlate to Trump supporters and allies. To deny that would be bizarre.

  • The third remarkable thing about Cohen’s plea was its substance. The president of the United States’ personal lawyer admitted to lying to Congress about the president’s business activities with a hostile foreign power, in order to support the president’s story. In any rational era, that would be earthshaking. Now it’s barely a blip. Over the past two years, we’ve become accustomed to headlines like “President’s Campaign Manager Convicted of Fraud” and “President’s Personal Lawyer Paid for Adult Actress’s Silence.” We’re numb to it all. But these are the sorts of developments that would, under normal circumstances, end a presidency.

    Three Remarkable Things About Michael Cohen's Plea

  • Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010

    The United States is collectively mad, but we do show occasional glimmers of sanity. My state, Michigan, legalized cannabis last election.

  • Now we just need the Federal Gov't to reclassify it. That is unlikely to happen during the current administration, however.

    Being schedule I leaves people open to Federal prosecution even if they aren't challenged by their state/municipal police.

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    I doubt if Trump would spend any political capital on the issue, but I also doubt he would veto it if Congress passed such a law.

  • "One thing that every late-stage ruling class has in common is a high tolerance for mediocrity" begins the author, in a presumed reference to his own time as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars :neutral:

  • It's grating how conservatives refer to "the explosion of homosexuality" like it's a new thing... As if there wasn't always gay people. Gay people (and transgender people) have always existed. They've just been closeted and self supressed. The only thing that has changed is the social acceptance.

  • @Rufus said:

    It's grating how conservatives refer to "the explosion of homosexuality" like it's a new thing... As if there wasn't always gay people. Gay people (and transgender people) have always existed. They've just been closeted and self supressed. The only thing that has changed is the social acceptance.

    Maybe? The data are sparse. We know it has been around for a long time, but we don't know how common it was. We do know that are societal attitude has changed drastically in a short period of time.

  • @Rufus said:
    Gay people (and transgender people) have always existed. They've just been closeted and self supressed. The only thing that has changed is the social acceptance.

    Agreed for recent history, but IIRC there are decent arguments that our social concept of gayness isn't as universal as one might think. I think the default example was classical Greece, where supposedly they saw things as more "top vs bottom" than gay-vs-straight. That is, when two guys fucked the social view would have been that whichever one did the penetrating was having normal manly sex, while the other would be seen as effeminate for having been penetrated. Or something like that.

    (Didn't read the taki article obviously, so not sure if it touches on this)

  • Who's the daddy? Paternity mixed up in cities, study finds
    Illegitimacy more likely over past 500 years among urban poor, say geneticists

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    A Nation of Faith and Religious Illiterates

    This is a relatively old article, but I found it interesting and it made some points I hadn't thought about...

    What drew me to it was finding the source for a hilarious factoid I bumped into on Facebook: "... according to a 1997 poll... 12% think Noah’s wife was Joan of Arc."

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