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A Radical Left Without the Radicalism

Famous playwright and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has always been great at explaining motivation. In his TV series The West Wing, President Josiah Bartlett and his staff believed that moving the…

Thursday Night Owls. J.C. Pan: Poverty numbers leave out far too many economic strugglers

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week J.C. Pan at The New Republic writes—The Devastatingly Low Bar of “Official” Poverty.  We now have new…

Anne Applebaum’s Pride and Prejudice

This is not a book, but rather an Atlantic essay puffed into a $25 sale item with grotesquely large type and comically wide margins. The typography offends the eye almost…

Wednesday Night Owls: As with other questions, Barrett stonewalls on her views about climate crisis

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week Dana Drugmand at DeSmog writes—Amy Coney Barrett’s Remarks on Climate Change Raise Alarm That a Climate Denier…

Conspiracies in Revolutionary Times

Conspiracy theorists seem to lurk behind every door or near every URL. Are conspiracy theories more commonly held by those on the left or the right? Are our times uniquely…

Tuesday Night Owls. UN: Disasters over past 20 years killed 1.23 million people, cost $2.97 trillion

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week The United Nations released its “Human Cost of Disasters: An Overview of the Last 20 years 2000-2019”…

Slouching Toward Totalitarianism

Amidst all the other tribulations visited upon these United States in 2020, we find ourselves—like a frog in the proverbial pot of boiling water—immersed in the suddenly-ubiquitous delusion of wokeness.…

Monday Night Owls: 'How I found my voice as the only Native student in my class'

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week Laurel Emanuel (Lumbee) as told to Nick Martin (Sappony) at The New Republic says How I Found My…

The Sordid Tale of Tariq Ramadan

There are some people whom one recognises at once as frauds or impostors, not as a deduction from their conduct or words, but from their manner or because they emanate…

Sunday Night Owls. Nuzzi: The entire presidency is a super-spreading event.

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At New York magazine, Olivia Nuzzi writes—The Entire Presidency Is a Superspreading Event. Down in the…