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 […]

Democracy vs. Plutocracy in America

When I teach Introduction to American Politics I like to frame the course around the question of “How democratic is the United States”?  The text I use offers a fairly simple definition of democracy as popular sovereignty (or rule by the people) which is present in a polity when the values of political freedom, political equality, […]

Trump and Political Violence

In his two 4th of July speeches, President dipshit really upped the insanity.  As others have reported it seems that Trump has now turned his culture war ire from immigrants and foreigners to who he thinks of as “domestic enemies.”  This is specifically targeted at Black Lives Matter protestors and the vague and ill defined […]

The TV Character “Donald Trump”

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic the United States is once again seeing that electing a narcissistic, racist, reality tv star as President was not ideal.  Every day of this crisis a new story comes out showing how unprepared the administration was for this pandemic even though they had ample warning this was coming […]

Why is Duterte so popular?

My wife was born and raised in the Philippines and on occasion we like to commiserate on the terrible Presidents of our respective countries of birth.  I have written a lot trying to explain the horribleness of Donald Trump.  I understand the appeal of Trump because he is one of the quintessential American archetypes – […]

Donald Trump is a Goddamn Moron

I am almost through reading the Mueller Report and, although this is not the most important takeaway one can have from reading it, the one takeaway that sticks out to me is – what a fucking moron the President of the United States is.  This is not a new insight but it is one that […]