Tag Archives: Politics

The ‘Blame America First’ crowd

A friend debated emigrating after the Kerry loss in 2004. “That’s easy,” I said at the time. It’s much harder to persuade people to change their minds. That’s politics (besides, a Kerry victory, it’s clear, would’ve been a disaster: he … Continue reading

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‘Muscular economic populism’ and its discontents

Rick Perlstein, interviewed while promoting The Invisible Bridge, on the rightward turn of the Democratic Party: One of its roots was surprisingly enough the New Left’s turn away from New Deal politics and union politics. And it comes out of … Continue reading

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“The war created the chaos in which jihadism began to thrive in the country”

Thank you, Larison, for stating the obvious: The previous three presidents chose to use force in Iraq and impose sanctions on Iraq for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with “the interaction between failing secular governance and radical Islam.” … Continue reading

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National security demands a convincing argument for “governmental transparency”

A day after the Fourth of July, Jelani Cobb reminds readers of the most important right for which the Founders fought: the right to assembly and to demand redress from their government. The Freedom of Information Act was its culmination. … Continue reading

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“There’s strong reason to doubt that even the mythical LBJ could get a civil rights bill through Congress today”

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston supposedly gives a terrific performance as LBJ in Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way. Elizabeth Drew agrees but counters that he doesn’t deserve the full credit for the Civil Rights Act’s passage through the Senate: Hubert … Continue reading

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An intelligence failure in every sense of the first word

A faulty O-meter is responsible for my not writing much about the latest grounds for Barack Hussein Obama’s impeachment known as Benghazi. Jon Stewart came up with the outrage meter, a device or orifice installed in Republican legislators after 2008 … Continue reading

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A terror by which I hoped never to be engulfed: James Baldwin

To a point I understand why James Baldwin has vanished from Common Core required reading lists (I understand why Bayard Rustin doesn’t appear in hagiographies about the civil rights movement). Complexities of style has nothing to do with it; for … Continue reading

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