Barr And Bee

An assumption that’s supposed to raise a right-leaning culture warrior’s hackles is that because Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC, Samantha Bee should necessarily have been fired by TBS. Any serious analysis of this claim was unnecessary for those who bought into it. Clearly it’s a stupid non-argument.

There’s A Policeman In My Head And He Must Be Shelby Steele (On Black Conservatives)

The black conservative agenda is a product. Black conservatives sell it by seeing the world through the eyes of predominantly white consumers and patrons. In that world racism is a bug, not a feature of American modernity.

Culture War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

How culture war works is obvious. It weaponizes beliefs. It's about not thinking too much. It’s about staking claims on complex issues as if our own lived and immediate experiences were enough. Culture war doesn't have or need a reading list. It can't be complex. The simpler the better. Thus we're all culture warriors because we’re all pissed off about something, and being pissed off now is its own kind of deep, unshakable truth. Conversations with people who disagree with us don’t matter. Data shows those people aren't part of our lives anyway.

“Black Privilege” And The Twilight Of The Negro Whisperer

The Negro whisper benefits from convincing black people and reassuring white people that "the system" is running exactly as it should. That exceptional blacks did it on their own while poor and struggling blacks are where they are because of bad choices. Therefore, politics becomes essentially personal and entrepreneurial, the means by which we change individual behavior and thought to fit the logic of the marketplace. It’s not about changing how society is organized and distributes public goods.

“Ryan’s Choice” The Truth about Paul Ryan’s Phantom Majority

The 241 to 194 advantage House Republicans have over Democrats was seemingly a sure deathblow to the signature achievement of the last administration. Indeed, the GOP was complacent with no help at all from Democrats. But Republicans’ range of likely to pass alternatives arrived with what I call a "Ryan's Choice."

The Geopolitics Of John Podesta’s Idiocy

A more “open-ended” narrative that political operatives and the media have a more difficult time managing is that the “Russia, WikiLeaks, and the Election of 2016” story is itself a small part of a larger narrative about America’s particular historical moment.

Playing For Empty Chairs (Notes On Trump Puppets, or “Trumpets”)

With so many traditional Republican voices taken down a notch or two because they could neither “evolve” towards Trumpism, nor make forceful and compelling arguments against it, Trump loyalists and surrogates like McEnany and Hughes are not only positioning themselves as chief cheerleaders should their candidate win, but also in the front row of Hillary haters should he lose.