Posted on Jul 17, 2018

Want to Embarrass Republicans? Use The NRA

Posted in Culture, Media, Politics

Karl Marx once wrote that history repeats itself, once as tragedy and once as farce. This week, two very different people embodied this maxim as they fooled Republicans through the power of the NRA. The first was Sacha Baron Cohen, whose Showtime series Who is America? premiered this weekend. Disguised as ex-Mossad agent Erran Morrad, he met with Republican lawmakers and gun lobbyists to promote Kinder Guardians, a program teaching preschoolers...

Posted on Jul 02, 2018

Trumpers Don’t Get It: Radical Populism Didn’t Give Us The 1950s Utopia They’re Seeking

Posted in Politics

Not too long ago, I was visiting a friend’s house for a holiday gathering. The conversation in the room turned to politics as it tends to do in times of crisis, and after an hour or so of back-and-forth about the current status of Trump’s damaging presidency, something occurred to me. Not one person in the room bothered to ask me what my expert analysis might be. After all,...