Showing up and doing things for people is good politics

The American Prospect just published an interesting article from Alexander Sammon about the RNC setting up community centers in an attempt to court minority voters into the GOP fold. These community centers perform typical political party functions such as serving as a center for voter registration and mobilization, but they also make an explicit attempt […]

International Status-Seeking and the Olympics

We are five days into the 2020 Summer Olympics and we have already seen some tremendous highs and crushing lows. Despite all of the problematic elements of the Olympics (and there are many) I am an unabashed and unrelenting fan. The Olympics, being an international event, are also have important for international relations. the Olympics, […]

“People think you are lazy but that’s not true. You do everything you say you are going to do but you just take awhile doing it.” I finally finished the AFI list of 100 greatest films!

The quote in the title of this post was something a friend of mine said to me in college. I don’t remember the context of the remark but after he said that I have kinda taken it as my mantra. I did, and still do, have a predilection of making pronouncements about how I am […]

Know Your Enemy: Right Wing Syllabus

As a lifelong lefty I have gone through waves where I would read a ton on the right wing and then through periods where I would ignore it completely.  Since Trump’s election I have been in a “reading a ton” cycle.  Below I want to highlight everything I have read in recent years that have […]