Reading Reaganland and the slow-motion death of America

I’ve been reading Reaganland, the latest volume in Rick Perlstein’s incredible series of books (Nixonland, The Invisible Bridge) that serve as not only a history of conservatism in the 1970s, but also as a pre-history of the modern conservative political movement.  If you’ve ever wondered how we got to a place where the Republican PartyContinue reading “Reading Reaganland and the slow-motion death of America”

Without a home during a pandemic

It’s been a tumultuous several weeks, but we closed the sale of our house Friday and have been spending the last several days bouncing from hotel to hotel here in Las Vegas before we fly back to Michigan to spend the holidays. Were it not for COVID, this would much more fun of an adventure,Continue reading “Without a home during a pandemic”

I regret to remind you that the United States is absolutely fucked

Yay, Joe Biden won. But the rot that exists inside the United States, mostly with brain-dead right-wingers who are spoon-fed fascist propaganda 24 hours a day by a network owned by a nihilistic, elderly Australian billionaire, is not going anywhere any time soon I assure you. The President has gotten his fake DOJ investigation andContinue reading “I regret to remind you that the United States is absolutely fucked”

Our long national nightmare is (almost) over – for now

It would be fair to say I have a lot of feelings and emotions about the confirmation that Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States in 75 days.  Of course, relief is the most overwhelming one. I’ve been very clear that the re-election of Donald Trump could have been the deathContinue reading “Our long national nightmare is (almost) over – for now”

America is now a mafia state

Wanted to share this really great interview with Sarah Kendzior, a scholar of authoritarianism who has written an excellent book recently about Donald Trump, which frames him correctly not as a “corrupt politician” but as the head of an international crime syndicate. Just take the 5 to 10 minutes to read the interview, but wantedContinue reading “America is now a mafia state”

The end game for start of dismantling American democracy is now clear

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, one of the most stalwart and brave defenders of human rights in American history, has died at the age of 87 after a heroic battle against cancer. Unfortunately, that sets up a Constitutional crisis that will spell the final hope of the Republican Party repudiating fascism once and for all. Place yourContinue reading “The end game for start of dismantling American democracy is now clear”