by Alex Knepper This is copy-pasted from a Facebook post with slight revisions. It is a casual post and a little discursive, but I think it is valuable nonetheless. Ever since I was ready to admit to myself what is my nature, I have conceived of myself as having an androgynous soul: full of both … Continue reading Thoughts for Coming Out Day 2020
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
by Alex Knepper I think C.S. Lewis is right that it is not chastity but forgiveness which is truly the least-popular of Christian virtues. People don't want to forgive. They think it means letting someone get away with it. They think it means making excuses. They think it means acting like it doesn't matter. They … Continue reading Sunday Thoughts: On Forgiveness II
Sweden Implemented the Relaxed Strategy Craved By the American Right Sweden has drawn international attention by adopting a much more relaxed strategy to contain the coronavirus, aimed at containing economic damage (more on that in a moment): As the outbreak started to hit Scandinavia, Norway restricted outdoor gatherings to no more than five people and … Continue reading Sweden: Smoking Gun Against Right-Wing Coronavirus ‘Skeptics’?
by Alex Knepper This morning, in prayerful reflection, I began to contemplate how much I love Jesus's saying that 'the kingdom of heaven is within you' (Luke 17:21). But then I remembered: wait a second; I know most translations do not translate this verse using the words 'within you', and prefer something more like 'around … Continue reading Sunday Thoughts: The Kingdom of Heaven Is…Among You? In Your Midst? Within You?
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
In celebration of my 30th birthday, and the 20th anniversary of 'Oops!...I Did It Again', the song that made me and so many other young gay guys fall in love with pop music, here is my personal ranking of every Britney Spears song, including B-Sides and features, ranked according to my taste aka correctly. I … Continue reading Alex’s Pop Music Vault: Every Britney Spears Song, Ranked
by Alex Knepper Simply as a raw display of political power, it's hard not to admire the brutal efficacy with which the Democrats cowered their people into rallying around the idea of Joe Biden. The idea of Joe Biden isn't a terrible candidate, and as the VP of the first black president he retains a … Continue reading Super Tuesday Fallout: The ‘Establishment’ Wins Again
by Alex Knepper Apparently the center-left has learned something from the Trump 2016 trainwreck after all. After the Nevada caucuses, it looked as though the Democrats were headed down the same path as the Republicans in 2016, whereby a hopelessly divided center-left was unable to coalesce around a single candidate in time to stop a … Continue reading Super Tuesday 2020: What to Look for As the Results Come In
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’