The war against expertise

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

David Brin, on his blog “Contrary Brin,” describes what he calls the war against expertise and portrays it convincingly as the most important problem in the US right now. He points out that all fact-centred professions are under assault. How could “tens of millions of Americans — who benefited spectacularly from the rise of science […]

Taxes: it shouldn’t be a dirty word

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Here’s an article from Heather Mallick from The Star. She points out the incongruity that taxes give us things that we treasure, yet no politician can ever say they’re raising taxes. In short, taxes are “the price we pay for civilization.” Why I love taxes — and so should you: Mallick We should be willing […]

How to avoid a right-wing populist wave

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Here’s an article by Amanda Taub from The New York Times. She describes how all the ingredients for a right-wing populist wave exist in Canada, but because of a collection of reasons it doesn’t happen. Probably key is that “immigration and racial diversity are sources of national pride.” Taub gives some historical context, going back […]

Maybe Democrats shouldn’t impeach Trump

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

I was under the impression that Donald Trump as president was a unique threat to the US and that since there are several good reasons for him to be impeached they should get right on it. As for Mike Pence, who will become president if Trump goes away, I figured he was a more run-of-the-mill […]

The problem with the Democratic Party

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

The main difference between lawmakers in the Democratic Party and those in the Republican Party is that Democrats want to do good things for the country. They’re far far better than the Republicans, every one of whom should be out of a job and a pariah for the rest of their life. On the other […]

A new modest proposal

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here’s a nice bit of satire, proposing that the US split into 2 countries — Redland and Blueland. It’s by Sally Greenberg, from The Hill. Unlike the original “Modest Proposal” (by Jonathan Swift) this one is actually a bit tempting… Toward an American two-state solution

Trump’s negotiating skills

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Donald Trump convinced his followers that he was a great negotiator. Lawrence O’Donnell explains that in his first negotiation as president Trump failed miserably: President Donald Trump’s First Negotiation Was A Humiliation | The Last Word | MSNBC Holdout supporters of Trump must finally be at least wavering. If they voted for him because they […]

Impeaching and/or resisting Trump

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

I have some hope that Donald Trump might not be president for all of the next 4 years. There are at least 3 ways he might be removed before then. 1) He could be impeached. Even Republicans, loathsome as they are, are not going to just let Trump do whatever he wants. You can bet that the word […]

What Obama has done as president

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The Democrats haven’t always done a good job of proclaiming their successes. Rachel Maddow on MSNBC does it for them in this segment from her show. She lists all the great things President Obama has done, many of which you probably didn’t know or forgot. President Barack Obama Exits With Long List Of Accomplishments | […]

A moment of continued emergency

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

Whenever I think about Donald Trump I still get upset. I certainly don’t envy anyone living in the US right now. How can we wrap our heads around the concept that Trump will be president for the next 4 years? Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker calls this “a moment of continued emergency.” He says that […]