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Unbending Opposition

  Unbent? Not bent or twisted. The New York Times headlines are getting more creative with the paper’s 2020 report out.  Despite all the white faces on the front page above the fold, and the fact that there may soon be more tenured or tenure-track political-science professors than staff journalists (who are being halved again after already being halved 10 years ago, though their ranks are more … Continue reading Unbending Opposition

Better Dead than Red, or Better Red than Dead?

One of my colleagues, now long retired, put it this way.  Frankly, I can’t remember who said what — who gets the credit.  Or who gets the blame, depending, of course, on your perspective.  Anyway, the question is this: Why do Republicans own red? When I was a U.S. congressional page for the Republicans, they wore red.  Red neckties and red party dresses abounded.  Later, … Continue reading Better Dead than Red, or Better Red than Dead?

GOP: Party of Lincoln? Or Falwell?

Why do I find the liberal media so annoying?  It isn’t that they’re dominant — they ARE NOT.  It isn’t that they’re not critical if we want to remain a REPRESENTATIONAL democracy — they ARE.  It is that they let the Republican Party elite (the fringe, the not-so-fringe, the land Repubs or Trump Land — divided into rural and urban — or the used-to-be-suburban or ruraburian).  … Continue reading GOP: Party of Lincoln? Or Falwell?

Post Trump Stress Disorder — 11/9; not 9/11

 We are all suffering from some form of Trump-induced PTSD. Emergency-room visits were up the day after 11/9, as a creative-writing friend of mine pointed out this perverse inversion of 9/11 after the presidential election of 2016.  I have friends and colleagues in all disciplines — Spanish literature, comparative political thought, literary theory, interdisciplinary pedagogy taught in Dutch and international English, let alone American politics, law … Continue reading Post Trump Stress Disorder — 11/9; not 9/11

Trump’s Wars + Math of APSA Male Presidency Culture

Sad, mad, eating glass. Like we didn’t know this was what was going to happen?  I mean, really, Trump reveres nothing.  Take a quick peek at that video of Ivanka on his knee if you don’t mind feeling the creeps, again. Okay, we knew, and that’s why so many voters tried to make sure he didn’t get elected.  Then again, many SLAMs wanted to make sure … Continue reading Trump’s Wars + Math of APSA Male Presidency Culture

Professors Need Ethics, but New York Times Editors Do Not? Propagating Parental Prejudice

  Having just passed the new Institutional Review Board (IRB) test got me wondering: Why don’t journalists have to do this, let alone their editors (who, after all, set the agenda, “alt” or not)? The idea that experimental subjects have rights was started by the United Nations and promoted by human-rights activist Eleanor Roosevelt (who didn’t like the United States using information from Holocaust victims, no … Continue reading Professors Need Ethics, but New York Times Editors Do Not? Propagating Parental Prejudice

Why does WNYC/PBS in NYC think all public intellectual interviewers are men? — Don’t pledge until we all hear more diverse voices

  meets Top 10, Top 20, Top 100 — you find your list.  Or even rely on Richard Posner‘s pre-9/11 list, and public intellectuals who are not SLAMs or SCAMs (and not fiction writers) are not women.  They are the default identity: straight liberal Anglo men or straight conservative men — the defaults or the embodiments of the “norms,” the 5 percenters. I’ve been teaching … Continue reading Why does WNYC/PBS in NYC think all public intellectual interviewers are men? — Don’t pledge until we all hear more diverse voices

Too Tired, Too Many Global Golf Course Fries Trump

President Trump’s doctor says he may be eating too many fries at his global golf courses His so-called physician never named what food or when, naturally. Still, Trump’s clearly winning at Davos given double digit growth for double digit wealthy nations who have global leaders who are saying my how we’ve grown. Well this is a surprise (not!) Review Boardwalk Empire’s portrayal of 1-buck-Andy — … Continue reading Too Tired, Too Many Global Golf Course Fries Trump