US Politics

Who’s waging the culture wars?

For many years—decades, even—the American right-wing has been waging culture wars, stoking the fears and resentments of white, Christian Americans over issues like abortion, race, crime, immigration, guns and gays.  The idea is to displace economic issues, on which the ...

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Yes, it’s fascism

It’s gruesome, but if you can stand it, you really should watch the NY Times video compilation of the Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot.  It’s the most riveting 40 minutes of action on a small or big screen that you’re likely ...

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The Threat: How Bad?

I’ve been saying for years that Donald Trump and the party/cult he commands represent a serious threat to American democracy as we know it.  Of course, I’ve been far from alone—my view of the Trumpist threat is widely shared not ...

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The Scott Stringer Problem

I haven’t followed the NYC mayoralty primary race closely, but from early on I have assumed that my choice would be Scott Stringer.  He’s a strong and principled progressive with clear ideas about how he would make the city a ...

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Biden Speaks

Joe Biden gave a good speech last night.  Clearly he sees the current crisis as the most critical this country has faced since the Great Depression, and he means to use the crisis to be the most transformational Democratic president ...

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Gloom & Doom in ’22?

I’ve heard some grim forebodings from friends on the political prospects for 2022.  The Republican juggernaut will be overwhelming—a combination of voter suppression, gerrymandering and the typical pattern of midterm election losses for the party in the White House make ...

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Capitalism, Socialism and In-Between

I recently came across a stimulating essay by Northwestern political scientist Andrew Koppelman that prompted my realization that in all of these years of blogging I’ve never explicitly presented readers with a succinct statement of my ideology—an ideology being a ...

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Big government is back!

The passage of the administration’s huge Covid rescue package is a very big deal, not only because it aggressively addresses the current public health and economic crisis but also because of the political markers it lays down.  It marks a ...

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Limbaugh

I’ve been putting it off but I feel obliged to say something about this unpleasant topic.  Limbaugh was an awful human being, but an enormously consequential figure: as Michael Tomasky notes, he did more to poison American politics than anyone ...

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The Trial

The necessity for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump was in no way obviated by the predictability of its outcome.  An unprecedented blatant assault on our democratic constitutional order by a sitting President of the United States had to ...

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