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I’m out in DC this afternoon. #AllOutDC #DefendDC
DC ain’t Charlottesville. I had a cop come up to me on the subway saying he liked my sign.
The tourists are broadly sympathetic, too, and the #MAGA hatters look distinctly uncomfortable.
There’s already a crowd of about ~400 counterdemonstrators in front of the WH. I’m taking a stroll down to the mall now.
People keep wanting to take pics of my sign! All credit for the slogan to MDC.
We’re on the march at Freedom Plaza #DefendDC #AllOutDC
I’m at 15th and New York and I can’t even see the “crowd” at #UniteTheRight2. I *do* see thousands of antifascist protesters, though.
This guy wins. #DefendDC #AllOutDC
There’s a dude playing “Stand By Me” with antifascist lyrics as marchers go by on 15th Street. #DefendDC #AllOutDC
The atmosphere for #UniteTheRight2 is the opposite of #A12 2017.

There was so much fear that day in Charlottesville. We’re not afraid today in DC. #DefendDC #AllOutDC
Just chatted with a reporter. Press inside the perimeter are leaving because they can’t see either the Nazis or counterprotestors.
The north end of Lafayette Park is all antifascists, maybe a few thousand. 17th and Pennsylvania full of antifa.
I’m at 15th and New York and it’s almost empty. A handful of leftists, mostly cops.
White vans just left Lafayette Park with police escort. Looks like the Nazis are leaving this way, out the 15th and New York exit from the park. #DefendDC #AllOutDC
Large group just left the Lafayette perimeter at 15th and New York. Unclear if press. #DefendDC #AllOutDC
Now the cops are leaving.
Looks like it’s press that just left.
The Nazis are apparently gone. Fled like cowards under heavy police escort. #DefendDC #AllOutDC
The democratic socialists are still here. #AbolishICE #DefendDC #AllOutDC
Black bloc is still marching, but I’m headed home.

We won today. #DefendDC #AllOutDC
And I’m walking home, because we own the streets.

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Sep 21, 2018
Prediction: Next week will solidify autocracy in the United States.
Trump will use the Rosenstein story as a pretext to fire him, and then fire Mueller.
Kavanaugh will be confirmed, cementing a right-wing majority on the Supreme Court and ensuring that the executive's actions will not be subject to any meaningful legal oversight.
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Sep 20, 2018
Serious question: what does “legitimacy” mean in this context? What does treating the Supreme Court as an “illegitimate” institution look like?
It strikes me that if the criteria for “legitimacy” is popular democracy, then the current federal and many state governments (I’m looking at you, North Carolina) are “illegitimate.”
Even the DC city gov’t is “illegitimate,” as it’s poised to reverse a voter referendum on raising the minimum wage for tipped workers.
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Sep 18, 2018
SPOILER ALERT: Remember how, at the end of “Sorry to Bother You,” Cassius repeatedly went on national TV to warn people about WorryFree and nothing happened?
I feel like we’re going through that right now. nytimes.com/2018/09/18/us/…
Crickets so far from the free speech crowd:
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Sep 16, 2018
Oh, Lord.

Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged accomplice in his alleged attempted rape, is the author of “God and Man at Georgetown Prep.”
Oh, and here’s a Daily Caller column where he blames the liberals and the gays for introducing their effete and immoral sexual agenda into the Catholic Church. dailycaller.com/2011/01/27/geo…
To whit.
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Sep 15, 2018
Let me state this unequivocally: The political transformations required to accomplish this are impossible. So what does that mean for the future? motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/…
It means that the politics of the 21st century--and beyond--will be first and foremost the politics of living on a dying planet.
At its most dire, it means the politics of managing human extinction.
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Sep 15, 2018
A few quick takes on Andrew Sullivan’s latest attempt to defend the long conservative intellectual tradition. nymag.com/daily/intellig…
I’m not gonna dive too deep into this since @SethCotlar has already done a bang-up job.
@SethCotlar 1) The way Sullivan describes conservatism is very similar to @CoreyRobin, as a defense of entrenched privilege expressed through an established social order.

The difference is that Sully thinks this is a good thing.
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