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Category Archives: Political issues

Crickets. What’s going on?

This photo was in Google images and was sourced to Twitter. The photo was marked as having been taken at 11:43 a.m. on Sept. 16. The “Mother of all rallies” started at 11 a.m. Have you noticed how dull and unfocused the media have been of late? At first I thought that hurricanes Harvey and […]

Massive media failure, now documented

“Attempts by the Clinton campaign to define her campaign on competence, experience, and policy positions were drowned out by coverage of alleged improprieties associated with the Clinton Foundation and emails. Coverage of Trump associated with immigrations, jobs and trade was greater than that on his personal scandals.” — Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society […]

Preserving culture

Foxfire students interviewing Aunt Arie — photo by Foxfire Fund, Inc. There are some strange ideas kicking around these days about what it means to preserve culture. But preserving culture is hard work and a labor of love. Many, many people are doing this work. It involves books, books, and more books. It is being […]

A big backfire of right-wing propaganda

I try to limit my posts on politics to the times when I have something to say that others aren’t saying. The commentary in the mainstream media on Saturday’s events in Charlottesville has mostly been very good. But I do want to point out here how a propaganda stunt by an ugly minority has backfired […]

The enlightened past

Once upon a time, philosophers could find work with newspapers. There are no such people now. But, back then, Sydney J. Harris was such a person. Harris (1917-1986) worked for the Chicago Daily News, and, later, the Chicago Sun-Times. For years, he wrote a column called “Strictly Personal,” which was syndicated in 200 newspapers. One […]

Not on the agenda: Caring and justice

One of the most useful concepts I’ve come across in a long time is the idea of moral foundations theory, which I wrote about back in February. The theory posits six “moral foundations,” some of which predominate in liberals and some in conservatives. They are: Caring Fairness (which we can equate with justice) Loyalty Authority […]

This Land Is Our Land

Ken has completed his next book, and it is due at the publisher this week. The book is This Land Is Our Land: How we lost the right to roam and how to take it back. It will be released next April. The book came about after Ken published a piece in the New York […]

A great feast of reckoning is coming

Don Jr. and Eric Trump, during their now-gone days of gloating They thought that they could get away with it. With the presidency and the executive-branch bureaucracy in their hands, with both houses of Congress, and with a stolen seat on the Supreme Court, it looked like a slam-dunk to them. They’d have all the […]

Increasingly violent and authoritarian propaganda

⬆︎ National Rifle Association ad ⬆︎ Trump assault ad: Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States, talking directly to the American people If I were a right-wing propagandist, my big concern right now would be heading off catastrophic damage to the Republican Party if (though I would say when) Trump voters see their […]

Democracy in Chains

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, by Nancy MacLean. Viking, released June 13, 2017, 368 pages. This book has been out for just over two weeks, but already there are 65 Amazon reviews. With the exception of one 2-star rating, all the ratings are either 5 stars […]