Summary: As US politics becomes a cacophony of lies and nonsense (now descending into street violence), we need to know that it can be better. This post reminds us of Saul Alinsky's famous "Rules for Radicals", which will work for any political movement. "Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from … Continue reading Our Right & Left have lost their way. Saul Alinsky points to a better politics.
Summary: Saturday's riot in Berkeley reveals much about the extremists driving US politics, and how acceptance of their violence by both Left and Right has led to more violence. If this rot continues we face a grim future. Here is an analysis of the riot and its signature event, rich with insights about America. "Headed … Continue reading The “sucker punch” at the Berkeley riot reveals the rot in our politics
Summary: Continuing my series describing how both Left and Right in America have become unmoored from their roots and adopted strange new beliefs. This post looks at the New Left. These evolutions have made the Right stronger and the Left weaker. "Using the hijab as a symbol of women's liberation & empowerment is like using … Continue reading Oddities of the New Left, making them weaker than the Old Left
Summary: Here is an excerpt from economist Michael Hudson latest brilliant essay. He explains how the Left's identity politics fragment America, preventing formation of a broad coalition to oppose the Right. He then goes one step further, showing why such a divisive course has come to dominate the Left. "Trump Is Obama’s Legacy. Will This … Continue reading Michael Hudson asks if identity politics will break up the Democratic Party
Summary: So far the Left has talked of forming a resistance to Trump, a first step to pushing back the power of the 1% and rolling back the GOP's gains in State and Federal governments. But they have shown little interest in building the broad coalition needed to do so. Here is a brief recap … Continue reading How the Left lost but can win again
Summary: Much will depend in the next four years on America's ability to resist Trump. The Left could play a large role, but its response so far suggests that it will not be able to. Two recent articles show why this seems likely. Also, see the fascinating rebuttal posted at Lawyers, Guns, and Money! People … Continue reading The Left becomes a cult rather than gather support to oppose Trump
Summary: America entered a new era in 2016. The facades crumbled, revealing the true nature of America's Left and Right. Their lies, the war against us (the big middle), and their madness. What comes next, how we react to this news, will reveal our nature. Years ago, Chet Richards (Colonel, USAF, retired) told me that … Continue reading 2016 revealed the true nature of America’s left & right. It’s bad news.