Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and the path to Neoliberal Fascism

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is not an isolated event, and in the current historical moment has dark meaning by HENRY A. GIROUX Salon Oct 10, 2018 In in the darkest of times, we have the right to some illumination. ~ Hannah Arendt The threads of a general political and ideological crisis run deep in American history, and with … Continue reading Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and the path to Neoliberal Fascism

Don’t Despair about the Supreme Court

It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds.   by Howard Zinn Progressive October 21, 2005 John Roberts sailed through his confirmation hearings as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with enthusiastic Republican support, and a few weak … Continue reading Don’t Despair about the Supreme Court

The Age of Outrage

What is happening to our country, and our universities? It sometimes seems everything is coming apart. by Jonathan Haidt  City Journal To understand why, I have found it helpful to think about an idea from cosmology called “the fine-tuned universe.” There are around 20 fundamental constants in physics—things like the speed of light, Newton’s gravitational constant, and … Continue reading The Age of Outrage

Under The Cover Of Chaos: Trump and the Battle for the American Right

An excellent interview here with Lawrence Grossberg on his new book Tracking How History Made Room For Trumpism The State of Things Scholar Lawrence Grossberg has spent decades documenting the rise of the political right. In his latest book, he places the rise of President Trump within the historical timeline of American conservatism. “Under The … Continue reading Under The Cover Of Chaos: Trump and the Battle for the American Right

Where do the terms “Right-” and “Left-wing” come from?: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (8)

The Origin of the Political Terms Left and Right Wing Thomas DeMichele The modern usage of the political terms left and right comes from the French Revolution of 1789 when anti-revolutionary, royalist supporters of the king stood to the president’s right, and anti-royalist revolutionaries to his left. This split between liberty and authority and split between individualism and … Continue reading Where do the terms “Right-” and “Left-wing” come from?: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (8)

What This Civil War Was Over: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (4)

What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War by Chandra Manning Chandra Manning investigates what "ordinary soldiers thought about the relationship between slavery and the Civil War." In one of the most important recent books on the Civil War—it draws from the letters and diaries of over 1,100 Civil War soldiers, … Continue reading What This Civil War Was Over: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (4)

Umm… How Come the United States is Still at War with Korea?

To Secure Peace Between Koreas, US Must Declare an End to the War by Christine Ahn   Truthout September 24, 2018Historic opportunity to end the seven-decade Korean War is suddenly within reach. The world witnessed world-class peacemaking between North and South Korea last week at the third inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un … Continue reading Umm… How Come the United States is Still at War with Korea?