Rock Bottom

 Let the Games begin!  As a nation, the United States (yes, all the states) of America (the continent we share with Canada and Central America), we have hit rock bottom — or very close to it. Here are the Headlines: Kavanaugh (a.k.a. “the Trigger”); Democrats take Midterms; and 2020 goes to . . . the Democratic nominee, of course. Social movements against Trump are NOW … Continue reading Rock Bottom

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

If Nouns and Verbs (Not Pronouns) Could Talk?

Do two queries equal a right, not a wrong?  Or is it right or wrong or vengeance or justice (in French with the accent)? Human rights or the French definition of good citizenship: liberté, égalité, fraternité? We could go on and on. What are costs of imperialism(s) or conquests — not just one, but of the whole globe and around again? Or as one of … Continue reading If Nouns and Verbs (Not Pronouns) Could Talk?

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

Let’s Look at It as Presidents in Mirror-Opposite Conversation

Putting aside the Democrats’ reassessment — or the irony that it’s not the GOP that has to open its tent — and putting aside that we’re no longer a polarized nation . . . and that a realignment of sorts occurred — a more dramatic realignment than most, since it sweeps into power the GOP on every level, the most important one arguably being their … Continue reading Let’s Look at It as Presidents in Mirror-Opposite Conversation

Trump’s S.L.A.P.P. = G.R.O.P.E. (read GOP Reprisal Opposing Public Exposure; or Grotesque Retribution Opposing Public Exposure).

 G.R.O.P.E. defines Trump’s own version of S.L.A.P.P. litigation (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.) The latest S.L.A.P.P. against a former porn star is especially egregious. I’d share the details but this is a G. audience blog. And most people watching the U.S. election have already heard or read this latest American presidency race to the bottom.  So just think about what G.R.O.P.E. could stand for — either GOP … Continue reading Trump’s S.L.A.P.P. = G.R.O.P.E. (read GOP Reprisal Opposing Public Exposure; or Grotesque Retribution Opposing Public Exposure).