Civic virtues, 1

Civic virtue 1: know the opposition. Know their positions, know what motivates them, know what is underneath the lies (because yes all politicians lie), know what gets under their skin, and above all, never underestimate them. When I can stand it, I visit FoxNews online, as well the NY Observer, and now, on a friend’s …

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Cowards and liars

It is kind of a relief after all these years feeling ashamed at how cowardly and spineless the Dems were, to find out that part of that cowardly outward appearance was in fact that mainstream Dems supported right wing economic policies. It hadn’t occurred to me. And what passed for the spine of the Republicans …

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Trump blue

Did anyone catch that picture of Drumpf’s meeting with the Silicon Valley people this week? First of all, the press was “ushered out” before the meeting got underway, so the picture shows the attitudes before the meeting. They might have changed. Might. What you see on those faces is distaste. What you see on the …

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Why they trust Trump

Gerry Mander’s excellent book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television points out that we take in television as if it is real: we believe it in a way we do not believe either movies or books. Another thing I have noticed is that I form attachments even to villains, on television shows. Those two …

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