Israeli politics is being dragged into the grubby realm of reality TV

As Benjamin Netanyahu demands a televised showdown with his corruption accusers and Roseanne Barr prepares to address the Knesset, the poverty of public discourse is never more apparent by Jonathan Cook Jan 13, 2019 Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu commandeered the country’s airwaves last week in what many assumed would prove a moment of profound … Continue reading Israeli politics is being dragged into the grubby realm of reality TV

Kamala Harris’ Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

The senator’s new book shows the difficulty of translating short-form virality into a substantive text. by Hannah Giorgis Atlantic Jan 11, 2019 The Truths We Hold: An American Journey BY KAMALA HARRIS PENGUIN PRESS Depending on whom you ask, Kamala Harris is either a hip Hillary Clinton or a political Beyoncé. Since the election of Donald Trump, … Continue reading Kamala Harris’ Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

Mutiny on the Sex Raft: how a ’70s science project descended into violent chaos

When Santiago Genovés set sail across the Atlantic with 10 attractive people, he didn’t foresee hurricanes, epiphanies and murderous scheming. Marcus Lindeen’s new film retells a remarkable saga by Stuart Jeffries Guardian Mon 14 Jan 2019 ‘A floating Love Island’ … the Acali raft, which sailed the Atlantic in 1973 in a social experiment devised by anthropologist … Continue reading Mutiny on the Sex Raft: how a ’70s science project descended into violent chaos

Progressive Ideas Matter to Voters. So Why Do Democrats Fixate on the Identity of the Messenger?

  by Briahna Gray Intercept Jan 7, 2019 JUST BEFORE THE new year, Steve Phillips, senior fellow at liberal think tank Center for American Progress, filed paperwork to launch a Super PAC to support New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s anticipated 2020 run. The announcement raises a number of red flags, including about the choice to rely on … Continue reading Progressive Ideas Matter to Voters. So Why Do Democrats Fixate on the Identity of the Messenger?

The Internet Gives Americans a Chance to Make their AOC Derangement Public (Conservative Moral Hierarchy 14)

(Editor's note: O Society readers will recognize this as just another manifestation of the Conservative Moral Hierarchy . The reason this manifestation is so acute the specific case of AOC is her presence in Congress violates the CMH in multiple status categories: race, sex, age, wealth...)  Laura Basset Yahoo! News Jan 11, 2019 Conservatives’ bizarre, … Continue reading The Internet Gives Americans a Chance to Make their AOC Derangement Public (Conservative Moral Hierarchy 14)

Trump Defeated Himself

by David Frum  Atlantic Jan 8, 2019 Well, that was the shortest, most easily resolved national emergency in U.S. history. Twelve hours ago, the president was preparing to set aside the regular process of law. By 9 p.m. eastern time? Not so much. Perhaps somebody pointed out that 15-year civil-engineering projects do not look very convincingly … Continue reading Trump Defeated Himself

On Unlearning Abjection (or in plain English, How to Fix this Hellified Mess)

New Year's Resolutions by O Society Jan 7, 2019 Someone asked me to make a list of Things We Should Do to fix our current hellified La Brea Tarpit of a situation. You know, a reader's observation complaining without solutions is whining. This person is correct. We can't just pitch a tantrum, we have to fix … Continue reading On Unlearning Abjection (or in plain English, How to Fix this Hellified Mess)