"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?" President Donald Trump said at an Iowa campaign rally in January of 2016. That remark gets quoted a lot, mostly by liberals bemoaning the unquestioning loyalty of the president's stupid supporters.
But there's another, more interesting, facet ...Read more
There ought to be a law.
I read about Eric Barrier, half of the classic rap duo Eric B. and Rakim, and how he recently wound up in jail. The story is interesting not because it's unusual but because it's typical.
Without getting into the weeds of his original 2002 offense because that would distract from my point here, Barrier's lawyer told ...Read more
John Oliver recently dedicated his HBO show to why we need a federal anti-SLAPP law. Like most of his stuff, the episode was witty and engaging. It was also sloppy, thoughtless and poorly researched. From now on, I'll wonder whether I can trust anything he says.
An anti-SLAPP motion is a powerful legal maneuver available to defendants against ...Read more
America has lots of leftists. Forty percent of voters say that they would prefer to live in a socialist country than a capitalist one.
Yet America has zero leftists running for president.
Think about that the next time someone tells you we live in the greatest country on Earth -- or, for that matter, that this is a democracy. If the United ...Read more
Nothing, leading Democrats say, matters more than beating Donald Trump. 2020, they argue, is the most important election of our lifetimes (OK, they always say that).
It's not true. If you're a progressive voter, taking back control of the Democratic Party from the Democratic Leadership Council-Clinton-Biden centrist cabal is more important than...Read more
As a society degenerates, life cheapens. The rhetoric that follows death coarsens. Respect paid to fallen rivals is replaced by triumphalism.
Historians observed this trend in ancient Rome. As republic turned to empire and domain expanded -- and so also arrogance and hubris -- vanquished chieftains who previously might have been allowed to keep...Read more
In 1991, demographers Neil Howe and William Strauss published their awkwardly titled tome "13th Gen," about Generation X -- the Americans born between 1961 and 1981. If Xers had paid attention, they would have committed suicide.
"Child poverty, employment, wages, home ownership, arrest records -- in every category, this generation, the 13th ...Read more
In the latest shooting of an innocent civilian by a trigger-happy police officer, a white Fort Worth cop blew away a 28-year-old African American woman through her bedroom window as she played a video game with her 8-year-old nephew. Atatiana Jefferson's neighbor had called a nonemergency police number to request that they check on her because ...Read more
Some Republicans see the Ukraine/Biden impeachment inquiry as a deep-state coup attempt against President Donald Trump. Some progressives are beginning to scratch the surface of an alternative -- but equally cynical -- analysis that I think leftists ought to consider:
Trump's impeachment is a DNC/centrist coup attempt against progressives ...Read more
Earlier this year, Portuguese cartoonist Antonio Moreira Antunes drew one of the most controversial political cartoons in history. His cartoon about U.S.-Israeli relations sparked so much controversy that The New York Times, whose international edition published it in April, decided to fire its two staff cartoonists, neither of whom had ...Read more
The political left, center and right do share something in common in today's polarized America: We're all in denial.
The first step in 12-step programs is to admit that you have a problem; you can't tackle a challenge whose existence you refuse to acknowledge. "From a psychoanalytical viewpoint, denial is a pathological, ineffective defense ...Read more
History, they say, doesn't so much repeat. It rhymes.
The campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination appears to be an exception. Once again, the contest appears to be coming down to a choice between a "centrist" establishmentarian corporatist with institutional backing (Joe Biden) and a left-leaning populist progressive (...Read more
The first draft of this column came not to bury but to praise Donald Trump. I planned to applaud the president's peace initiative with the Taliban, his strategy of ignoring the corrupt and discredited puppet regime Bush installed in Kabul and his desire to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. This was a move I have been almost alone in ...Read more