I’ve been thinking about the impeachment of Donald Trump a lot. I’ve changed my mind about how I feel about progressing a number of times, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion I’m satisfied with. I don’t think he should be impeached. It’s not a simple decision, nor is it one I find totally… Continue reading On Impeaching Trump
(This is a repost from Facebook - why did I post it there instead of here? I do not know. But it belongs here, so here it is. It's also a faintly ironic read, considering that after I posted it, Trump has continued to protest his electoral loss.) Bye, Trump! It is with an almost… Continue reading Bye, Trump!
I saw a reference to Donald Trump as the “Divider in Chief” recently, and the comment made me laugh. The context was that of the pandemic and response to it, and how to frame the response: the model most people take is that of motorcycle helmets, and the model the poster preferred was that of… Continue reading Dividers in Chief
What books helped shape your political and moral opinions? A lot has gone into my reading list. Here’s a list of the things I think were most important, with a focus on fiction: Starship Troopers. Often derided as fascist, this book... isn’t fascist. It’s not a complicated book, but it does contain a lot of… Continue reading Books that Shaped You
Education is going to have to change in the world of COVID-19. Here's what I think it should look like when things have stabilized. It's not really COVID-19 that's the motivator; it's just the proof that we should have changed education a long time ago. And I'm not an educator, unless you count my experience… Continue reading Education in 2021
In a lot of ways, the way people talk about Socialism today sounds like an attempt to say “I want to take what you have” without the guilt associated with theft - because it’s corporate and pits membership in social classes against each other. “I do not have it, and I need it” elicits natural… Continue reading Socialism
I love the song “The Trees,” by Rush, on their “Hemispheres” album. It’s the first song of Rush’s catalog that I heard, even though I didn’t know the band was Rush at the time. It’s an incredibly leftist song. I wholly approve. I am a leftist at heart. I’ve been asking people I know what… Continue reading The Trees is an ideal (and pragmatic) leftist’s song
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez catapulted herself into the limelight by being a firebrand, a torch-carrier for Democratic Socialism (which, I'm informed, is different than "Socialism," and is definitely different than National Socialism), and an interview in which she offered this gem: I think that there's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and… Continue reading Facts are more important than opinions.
I've gone on a number of (hopefully mild) rants about clickbait in writing: "Seven Reasons Your Wife Will Leave You!", "Trump's Bat-Baby!", and so forth. Today I read with great interest an article on CNN entitled "Why Trump wants you to be afraid of high speed trains." It's... an interesting article, but I came away… Continue reading Deliver what you promise when you write
Things I'm thinking about: The Grammies An article in "Ultimate Classic Rock" was entitled "How the 2019 Grammy Awards Basically Ignored Rock and Metal". I'm... a little bit surprised, considering how rap and hip-hop (are those different?) have been ignored by the Grammy Awards ever since they became significant art forms, and rock - historically… Continue reading The Grammy Awards ignored Rock and Metal!, Gordon Ramsey, Larry Hogan on CNN