Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

It’s very hard to change people’s minds, especially when so many are already committed partisans. By Brendan Nyhan  New York Times How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election? The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all. This conclusion may … Continue reading Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

Julia Salazar Wins Despite Identity Politics

Good news is difficult to find these days. Here's some... A democratic socialist candidate we discussed here won her primary, which apparently means she is going to win a seat in the state senate, as there's no Republican candidate to face. I call this "good news" because it marks a distinct crossroads where focusing on … Continue reading Julia Salazar Wins Despite Identity Politics

Want to know how you blow the 2018 elections?

Because this is how you blow the 2018 elections. Austerity. Nancy Pelosi is attempting to sodomize the 2018 midterm elections with a prickly pear cactus. The lie she is telling us is we cannot afford anything nice for regular people, ever.  Again. And this message, all by itself, is enough to lose the 2018 midterm … Continue reading Want to know how you blow the 2018 elections?

Socialists, Democrats, and the Liberal Imagination

There is much buzz about the term "socialism" in America. What does it mean? Here's a common definition from Wikipedia: Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and workers' self-management of the means of production, as well as the political theories and movements associated with them. Social ownership may refer … Continue reading Socialists, Democrats, and the Liberal Imagination

Sanders or Warren: Which One You Got?

There are a couple of questions left to be answered here: Are people recovered from the Hillary Clinton debacle enough for another female?   Can the Democratic party win with identity politics vs. Donald Trump?   Can Bernie Sanders take what once was an American slur - being a Socialist - and win the party … Continue reading Sanders or Warren: Which One You Got?