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Peter Lake: On restoring the soul of the nation

The normal to which we are supposed to want to return is what gave us Donald Trump in the first place, and the forces that produced that outcome have not gotten weaker in the interim

November 25, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michael T. Young: Concession Speech

People don’t understand that the road
to concession is paved with denial.

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Julie Bruck: The Latest Dictator

The President is believed to be hiding in the basement. —BBC News

November 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Fighting the Pandemic Can’t Wait for Inauguration Day

A nation could not have been more poorly positioned to fight COVID-19 than by the Trump administration.

November 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: State of Chaos

Do I sound extreme? I damn well hope so. We’re in a gridlocked, post-election moment of previously unimaginable extremity in an increasingly over-armed, ever more divided country…

November 11, 2020 · 5 Comments

Julia Conley: McConnell Backs Trump’s Refusal to Concede to Biden

“The American people made their voices heard in record numbers… Rejecting that mandate in favor of political games and conspiracy theories is a dangerous attack on our democracy—even by Mitch McConnell’s standards.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

November 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: What if a presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? | Van Jones

Lawyer and political commentator, Van Jones exposes shocking legal loopholes that could enable a candidate to grab power even if they lose both the popular vote and the electoral college — and shares what ordinary citizens can do if there’s no peaceful transfer of power.

November 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: In a Looking-Glass World, Our Work Is Just Beginning

For the last four years, Donald Trump has made war on the people of this country and indeed on the people of the entire world.

November 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lu Aya: Poems to get out the vote

In times of unprecedented destruction, these poems encourage all people to get out the vote as an act of love.

November 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Beyond Our Control

It was summer almost half a century ago when I got into that Volkswagen van and began my trip across country with Peter, a photographer friend. I was officially doing so as a reporter for a small San Francisco news service, having been sent out to tap the mood of the nation in a politically fraught moment.

November 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: How the War Came Home, Big Time

For the Proud Boys to say that they reject racism and venerate housewives did little more than provide them with a veneer of social acceptability, even as they planned armed counter-rallies in progressive cities like Providence and Portland with the explicit purpose of inciting violence among Black Lives Matter protesters and their allies.

October 29, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Herding People to Slaughter

The dangerous fringe theory behind the Great Barrington Declaration and the push toward herd immunity.

October 28, 2020 · 5 Comments

Ariel Dorfman: Sending Trump to Hell

For some time now, I’ve wanted to send Donald Trump to Hell. I mean this literally, not as a figure of speech. I want him to inhabit the palpable, sensory Hell that religions have long conjured up with scenes of sulfur, damnation, and screams of perpetual pain from those who once caused grievous harm to their fellow humans.

October 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: The Day Democracy Died

No, don’t let democracy die
He’s a famous ignoramus
Can’t tell truth from a lie

October 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

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