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

Super Tuesday 2020: What to Look for As the Results Come In

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

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

Total Ideological War and the Plot to Frame the Bidens

by Alex Knepper With half of the electorate now in support of impeaching him, fake president Donald Trump has finally taken the nihilistic logic of his political tactics -- which consist mostly of malicious trolling of the opposition to fluster it into shooting itself in the foot -- to its apotheosis. The more heinous the … Continue reading Total Ideological War and the Plot to Frame the Bidens

The Case Against Elizabeth Warren’s Critics

by Alex Knepper If you told me four years ago that I'd be supporting Elizabeth Warren for president, I'd have rolled over with laughter: the woman is a demagogue, I said; she demonizes big business and pits American against American. No politician's victory in the 2012 election cycle frustrated me so much. I was wrong. … Continue reading The Case Against Elizabeth Warren’s Critics