On Domestic Authoritarianism

In case you haven’t noticed, a breakaway faction of the Republican party is currently enjoying its day in the political sun here in the U.S. And for those of us who value the continued existence of our constitutional system, and democracy at large, things have seemed, well… more than a little bit bleak, in recent... Continue Reading →

Defense Against The Dark Arts

I remember watching Disney movies with my two kid brothers, back when I was just a little boy. I loved those films, and think about them fondly to this day. The thing that I remember most about them, though, was that my favorite part of each was not the soundtrack, or the humor, or even... Continue Reading →

Mitt Romney Should Primary Trump In 2020

Partially in service of maintaining my own reputation, and partly because it’s the truth, I’ve fallen into the habit of characterizing my family as “Mitt Romney Republicans” when describing their political beliefs. That's because my parents— like many other God-fearing Republicans — recently arrived at the woeful realization that the political tent they once called home has been uprooted, and is... Continue Reading →

The Senate Is a Bullshit Institution

Given the sheer volume of radioactive political waste currently flooding the American body politic, I find it is increasingly tempting to settle for a kind of lazy criticism of the whole charade. Simply put, the experience of having your basic sensibilities exist in a state of perennial assault – day in and day out, by... Continue Reading →

Slate Takes the Bait

Sigh, okay. Here goes —  I am about to attempt something genuinely radical, folks. It’s going to require some “nuance”, yes, and some critical thinking – on both my part and yours. Because, dear reader, I am about to assume the heretical role of defending an accused sexual assaulter, on the heels of an article... Continue Reading →

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