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.”
Sep 18, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
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/…
Sep 16, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
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…
Sep 15, 2018 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
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.
Sep 15, 2018 • 10 tweets • 6 min read
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.
Great article by @jason_tebbe here, though I do want to add one particular bit of nuance that's missing: the power of technology to make nostalgia easier than ever. tropicsofmeta.com/2018/09/12/nos…
I've taught undergraduate students who are more into the Rolling Stones than I am, despite being born in 1998.
They get it from their Gen X. parents, sure, but it's been made easier by growing up in an all-digital music era.
Sep 14, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
A lot of this is received authenticity politics, combined with a hazy understanding of class dimensions when we're young.
In my case, I thought we were working class because we had working-class neighbors and my parents didn't have the house or fancy degrees my classmates did.
I didn't realize at the time that we were solidly middle class, but because I went to a (public) magnet school my classmates had mostly upper-middle-class parents... and the *upper* class went to tony private schools.
Sep 14, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
This is an important point, and speaks to *another* problem: looking at national and statewide election results as the sole criteria of "meaning."
Political power is complicated and cannot be reduced to a single metric.
If we viewed it in a vacuum, we might come to the conclusion that Cooper's narrow victory was a bellwether for changing politics in the state, and that moderate white Southern Democrats were the wave of the future.
So here's a brief thread on a specific objection I have to one of Kabaservice's arguments.
Kabaservice brought up Dinesh D'Souza in his POLITICO article as an example of a liberal strawman: Someone who has gotten a lot of attention from critics but really wasn't that important to serious conservatives in the 1980s and 1990s.
Sep 5, 2018 • 17 tweets • 3 min read
Some McCarthy defenders are sliding into my mentions, so let me briefly address these two pretty standard McCarthyite talking points.
In fairness to Facebook and Google and their absolute spinelessness when it comes to this sort of thing, it’s not like legacy media has a much better track record.
Aug 28, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
TIL that in 1961, Young Americans for Freedom officially condemned both the activities of the American Nazi Party *and* the National Student Association, the latter for its liberal bias.
The USNSA's great sin was apparently offering material support for the civil rights movement.
Aug 24, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
We are so painfully, profoundly, catastrophically screwed, and it's just going to keep accelerating.
Does he effectively serve the Kremlin's interests through his position in American politics and media? Of course he does.
Aug 23, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
My prediction for the end game of all of this through this time next year:
Kavanaugh is confirmed, more indictments start coming down, Democrats win control of House but not Senate.
Mueller either finishes his report or is sacked after the midterms and the bulk of his material ends up in public anyway.
Either way, incontrovertible evidence of wrongdoing bordering on treason by the president.
Aug 23, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
What if I told you that even conclusive findings of criminal conspiracy would not be enough to topple the Trump regime?