My New Facebook Settings Decoupling Experiment-  — Can Online Capitalism be Reformed, Given My Preferences?

As a Monday-morning experiment, I clicked a lot of buttons that supposedly indicated my advertising preferences, so I got to edit “out” the most annoying aspects of global capitalism — tracking advertising. We will see what ads follow me, since my preferences are largely political non-profits and politics. So it’s not like I won’t be asked for anything. I figured it was worth experimenting with the newly … Continue reading My New Facebook Settings Decoupling Experiment-  — Can Online Capitalism be Reformed, Given My Preferences?

New Rules & Paycheck Reparations

  The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) is so dull that even professors in American Political Development took years to publish a book on the origins of this statistics-collecting agency formed in 1906. But information is power, and President Barack Obama will exercise his executive power to force medium and large firms to “report to the federal government what they pay employees by race, gender … Continue reading New Rules & Paycheck Reparations

Her Mother’s Womb; & Scary Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

 “We are losing the white male vote in droves,” said former Democratic New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. And the issue is — wait for it — “economic inequality.” How does this Bill, a hopeful Latino presidential candidate from 2008, wish to woo them back? Charging women a higher discrimination tax? Is it because white women went from 59 to 78 cents in three generations, and … Continue reading Her Mother’s Womb; & Scary Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

Violence against women is neotribalism

Her Mother’s Rent-a-Womb; & Scary Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

 “We are losing the white male vote in droves,” said former Democratic New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. And the issue is — wait for it — “economic inequality.” How does this Bill, a hopeful Latino presidential candidate from 2008, wish to woo them back? Charging women a higher discrimination tax? Is it because white women went from 59 to 78 cents in three generations, and … Continue reading Her Mother’s Rent-a-Womb; & Scary Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

Congressional Clips to Remember

 Before you hear the “news” tonight, or watch your late-night nightly satire – here are a couple of clips for comparison with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s morning-to-afternoon professional performance at a GOP political shindig. Remember Fawn? Fawn Hall, Ollie North’s shredding secretary? And what about former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who came to regret and publicly disavow his testimony on Weapons of … Continue reading Congressional Clips to Remember

The Public Square Book Descriptions

click on cover The Case for Big Government Jeff Madrick The End of the West: The Once and Future Europe David Marquand Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children’s Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate Barbara Bennett Woodhouse Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities Martha C. Nussbaum Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities Martha C. Nussbaum On the Muslim … Continue reading The Public Square Book Descriptions

Harming Hillary

   Do Democrats want to put a Democrat in the White House? Why complain about the absence of Democratic contenders now? If you’re a self-interested member of the GOP, sure — that GOP-someone who wins the White House will get to nominate four to five Supreme Court justices on what is already an ultra-conservative Roberts Court. A long time ago, the Literary Digest existed to distill the … Continue reading Harming Hillary

Gun-Toting Rivals + Is HC a Feminist but Not an Intersectionalist? Or is HC Not Really Human? 

  Take a look at Renee Ellmers’s opposition. Kay Ryon Daly is running against the Honorable Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district. Not only is she pro-gun (obviously, and undoubtedly not an issue that divides their two candidacies), but Kay is also pro-fidelity (surprise, surprise), whereas Renee is in theory but perhaps not in practice. Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch’s shop (the New York Post) is, … Continue reading Gun-Toting Rivals + Is HC a Feminist but Not an Intersectionalist? Or is HC Not Really Human? 

Do American Men (between the ages of 18 and 39) Need Rights?^

I’m talking about the 5 percent  — The Donald’s Fans; or I suppose within the Democratic party Joe’s fans; and then those who are not very political or partisan — that is, the number of people in the United States who are not protected under federal civil rights legislation is very small.  It is around 5 percent. Contrary to how we view civil rights in … Continue reading Do American Men (between the ages of 18 and 39) Need Rights?^

Misogyny has No Party

All this Hillary-versus-Joe talk got me thinking: Misogyny knows no American political party — that is, the Tweedledee and Tweedledum parties within the American two-party system both have strands of misogyny, or what I call neotribalism. The Biden-promoting or Joe-talking Democrats don’t acknowledge this, any more than the Democrats serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee realized during now-Justice Clarence Thomas’s nomination hearings that the former … Continue reading Misogyny has No Party