Politics and its Discontents: An Ally Of Ignorance

What is a manIf his chief good and market of his timeBe but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.– Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4. Some of the greatest foes of ignorance are knowledge, awareness and critical thinking. Key tools in the cultivation of our humanity, without them we would exist in a perpetual ...

Politics and its Discontents: More Reasons To Boycott U.S Travel

I have no regrets about my recent decision to boycott travel to the United States as long as the Trump regime, dominated as it is by paranoid exclusions and hate-mongering policies, continues in office. An item on last night’s NBC News amply demonstrates that for some people, border crossings are becoming risks not worth taking. ...

Politics and its Discontents: How Must It Feel?

Since the installation of Donald Trump in the White House, I have wondered how it must feel to the average American who is neither unhinged nor incapable of critical thought to have a man so obviously deranged leading their country. This latest episode of Trump’s paranoid demagoguery surely must be a source of deep consternation ...

Politics and its Discontents: How Must It Feel?

Since the installation of Donald Trump in the White House, I have wondered how it must feel to the average American who is neither unhinged nor incapable of critical thought to have a man so obviously deranged leading their country. This latest episode of Trump’s paranoid demagoguery surely must be a source of deep consternation ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Dangerous VOICE

First, please watch the following very brief video from The Independent. (If you have trouble playing it, simply click on the above link): The Star’s Daniel Dale, our Canadian journalist expert on all things Trump, writes today that the creation of VOICE is an alarming escalation in the Trump war against immigrants. Claudia Koonz, a ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Dangerous VOICE

First, please watch the following very brief video from The Independent: The Star’s Daniel Dale, our Canadian journalist expert on all things Trump, writes today that the creation of VOICE is an alarming escalation in the Trump war against immigrants. Claudia Koonz, a historian at Duke University, wrote a book about how the Nazis prepared ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Company They Keep

Although I consider myself a hard-bitten cynic/realist, a report by Daniel Dale in today’s Star has left me decidedly dispirited. Dale, our Canadian expert on Trump who has followed the Orange Ogre very closely since the primaries, asserts that what used to be called ‘mainstream conservatism’, is now falling into line with Trump’s diseased worldview: ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Company They Keep

Although I consider myself a hard-bitten cynic/realist, a report by Daniel Dale in today’s Star has left me decidedly dispirited. Dale, our Canadian expert on Trump who has followed the Orange Ogre very closely since the primaries, asserts that what used to be called ‘mainstream conservatism’, is now falling into line with Trump’s diseased worldview: ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trump’s Bitter Harvest

This may not surprise us, but it should still horrify us. In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to “get out of my country,” witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man ...

Politics and its Discontents: Trump’s Bitter Harvest

This may not surprise us, but it should still horrify us. In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to “get out of my country,” witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man ...

Politics and its Discontents: UPDATED: Chris Wallace Defends "The Enemy Of The American People"

When even elements of the right are spooked, you know things are getting very, very serious: UPDATE: If you have a really strong stomach, you might be able to watch some of Reince Priebus’s whorishness, which Chris Wallace had little patience for: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Chris Wallace Defends "The Enemy Of The American People"

When even elements of the right are spooked, you know things are getting very, very serious: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Fight Must Continue

Because I am quite a private person, I rarely discuss anything personal on my blog. But I will, to a small extent, break that general rule today to convey something I have come to understand. The catalyst for today’s post is a comment that Kirby Evans made in response to something I posted yesterday, two ...

Politics and its Discontents: Arc d’Trump?

Thanks to Jonathan once again for alerting me to some clips from the 1957 movie, A Face in the Crowd, starring Andy Griffith in a role so diametrically opposed to his later persona as Sheriff Andy Taylor that he seems positively demonic at times. That the director, Elia Kazan, was able to draw the link ...