Trump Apologism As Identity Politics for White People

by Alex Knepper A Trump-supporting Facebook friend says he finds my contention that Republicans care about bashing the media -- and that they are fueled by white identity politics -- instead of or more than policy -- to be incoherent; that the two coexist (except it's not 'white identity politics') and that it's absurd to … Continue reading Trump Apologism As Identity Politics for White People

The Collapse of the Great American Scam Economy of the 2010s

by Alex Knepper There has been renewed talk of the hypocrisy of the Republican Party with regard to its relationship toward so-called 'socialism.' The general thrust of Republican rhetoric in recent decades tends toward a loose definition of socialism being something like: 'When the government does something.' Yet whenever crisis, which is intrinsic to capitalism, … Continue reading The Collapse of the Great American Scam Economy of the 2010s

Why Bernie? Why Now? Our New ‘Time for Choosing’

by Alex Knepper That the center-left is hopelessly divided in the 2020 presidential primary -- which has become something of my catchphrase for the unfolding shape of the contest -- is not an accident. The center-left is tired, ideologically and intellectually exhausted, fully accommodated to Reaganism -- and cannot prevent recurring outbreaks of fascism-lite a … Continue reading Why Bernie? Why Now? Our New ‘Time for Choosing’

The Center-Left’s Very Big Mess — and Its Potential Savior

by Alex Knepper Right now, no candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination has a plausible path to winning a majority of delegates. Assuming the clear winner of a plurality vote is the person to beat going into a brokered convention, however, it's unquestionably Bernie Sanders's shoes you'd like to be in -- … Continue reading The Center-Left’s Very Big Mess — and Its Potential Savior

Total Ideological War and the Plot to Frame the Bidens: Part II

by Alex Knepper When the impeachment saga began, I described the thought process behind the bizarre and debased behavior of the Republican Party under Donald Trump and his apologists: In a word: the right more-or-less understands itself as either having lost the culture war or as decisively losing it. The left’s victory, in this perspective, … Continue reading Total Ideological War and the Plot to Frame the Bidens: Part II

What Does Elizabeth Warren Think She’s Doing?

by Alex Knepper Elizabeth Warren wants to win. She wants the nomination; she doesn't want 'a progressive' to get the nomination; she's in it to win it, and she intends to put everything on the table before conceding. Given the new standards for the age of presidential contenders, this might not be her last national … Continue reading What Does Elizabeth Warren Think She’s Doing?

Pete Buttigieg Is a Phony and Progressives Shouldn’t Vote for Him

by Alex Knepper It is almost impossible to overstate how addicted are Democrats to 'Kennedyesque' pretty-boy charisma. Since 2000 alone, from John Edwards to Barack Obama to Beto O'Rourke, drastically underqualified presidential candidates have been showered with praise and hype by primary voters for embodying the essence of what Democrats idealize in the presidency: exuberant … Continue reading Pete Buttigieg Is a Phony and Progressives Shouldn’t Vote for Him

Why We Need Total Student Debt Forgiveness and Universal College Now

by Alex Knepper It is almost impossible to convey how wretchedly awful the arguments against student loan forgiveness are until the entire nexus of deception is unraveled and every illusion is laid bare. Student loan forgiveness is thought by some on the right to be a particularly thorny issue for the left, perhaps the epitome … Continue reading Why We Need Total Student Debt Forgiveness and Universal College Now