Dangerous idiots: how the liberal media elite failed working-class Americans

Is the so-called "liberal," "elite" media really as cosseted and cloistered as its critics suggest?  Actually, yes.  Like the Democracy Party, the media - defined here as the mainstream variety - largely comprises well-educated, coastal types who have little in common (and often disdain) middle-America, working class whites.  Little wonder it has earned the latter's ire. Continue Reading...

Hillary Clinton and the Populist Revolt

What happens when the purported party of the working class abandons its proletarian roots, while the other major party pushes crazed conspiracy theories, paranoia, and racism as an obfuscatory tactic to conceal its plutocratic agenda?  A virulent populism that threatens the republic.  Whose to blame for Trump?  We all are. Continue Reading...

In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue

How did a clownish buffoon rise from obscurity to lead one of the world's great civilizations that produced soaring art and culture?  Historians have been asking the question since the demise of the Third Reich.  Hitler confounds.  Here are some clues: cunning exploitation of nativist fears, exploitation of irresistible propaganda, and "bottomless mendacity."  Found familiar.  It should. Continue Reading...

Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired

Welcome to the modern Orwellian workplace, replete with bogus paeans to changing the world and congratulatory parties for being cashiered.  Labor has evolved over the decades and centuries, to be sure, but some thing never change.  Fundamentally, the worker is an expendable drone who must be plied with bogus moral-boosting empty gestures to hide that fiction.  The solution: be a trust fund baby and avoid peonage entirely. Continue Reading...

Europe’s Muslims hate the West

Why do they hate us?  That was the question de jour after 9/11.  A host of answers proffered relate to the West's many misdeeds in the Middle East: colonial machinations, shameless support for brutal regimes, brutal interventionism,etc.  But perhaps responsibility runs, at least to some degree, both ways.  Maybe "they" are also culpable for the lousy state of affairs in the Middle East and, more generally, the problem of Islamic Continue Reading...

There was no Republican Establishment After All

Is the Republican "establishment" being trampled on by Trump?  Not really.  The GOP's elite has been selling Trump-lite - whispered bigotry - since at least 1964 when the party rejected that year's seminal civil rights legislation.  That Trump is hawking a plutocratic fiscal policy indicates that the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree regardless.  Who better to unpack this than the redoubtable Frank Rich? Continue Reading...

The Tragedy of a Hall of Fame Coach and His Star Recruit

The "student-athlete" canard is something of a zombie myth that just won't die.  We know that basketball and football players at D1 schools must devote upwards of 40 hours a week to training, thereby obviating any possibility of meaningful study.  And that's the tip of the iceberg.  The story of Keith Frazier, once a promising basketball player at SMU, bears this out, yet again. Continue Reading...

Mitt Romney and the Probably Doomed Revolt Against Donald Trump

The GOP "establishment" is going apoplectic over the prospect of a Trump winning the party's nomination.  Hell hash no fury like the right's monied elite scorned.  2012 standard bearer Mitt Romney is the latest to weigh in against the crude real estate magnate, even though he sought out his endorsement just four years ago.  The truth is, the GOP establishment would still prefer a crypto-fascist to center-left Hillary Clinton.  Amazing. Continue Reading...

Scalia’s Contradictory Originalism

Republican intransigence may inhibit President Obama from nominating a successor to recently-deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  This act of congressional defiance has sopped up much bandwidth that might otherwise be dedicated to the Scalia's malignant influence.  He was, to be blunt, a bigot.  A nice summation here of a man cloistered in his own ideological igloo.  Scary. Continue Reading...

Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It

Criminals in this place are beheaded publicly, homosexuality is a capital crime, and ecumenism is verboten. Behavior is strictly monitored.  Dissent isn't tolerated. ISIS-controlled Iraq and Syria?  Yes, but also Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabi kingdom that, arguably, is the greatest contributor to global instability in the world. Continue Reading...