I’ve been saying for some time now that, if the Left is going to push for more student benefits, it needs to do so under a pro-welfare banner, something it has not really done. My piece in Dissent on this topic features my latest rehash of this point:
If we are actually going [...]
In last night’s debate, the candidates were asked about Mizzou:
Secretary– Clinton, you told some Black Lives Matter activists recently that there’s a difference between rhetoric and activism and what you were trying to do, which is– was enforce law– or get laws passed that would help what they– were pushing for. But– [...]
Amanda Marcotte has a strange piece in Salon arguing that Hillary Clinton understands the coalition-building, favor-swapping, long slog of real politics and is therefore likely to actually get things done. This is contrasted with the Obama administration who came into power wrongly thinking its optimistic bipartisan attitude (and dynamic savior personality) would get [...]
In addition to being an enemy of the poor, it’s also important to note that Hillary Clinton is a remarkably terrible rich person. I wouldn’t say that necessarily disqualifies her (unlike her anti-poor stuff) from support, but it does certainly gin up some ill will.
According to Politico, Hillary’s net worth [...]
So far I’ve mostly just played around the edges with my posts about the US presidential election. But given my increasing inclusion in actually serious posts about it (Traister, Goldberg), I guess I should write a post where I lay out some genuine points.
Given what I almost exclusively write about [...]
One of the things I look forward to in the Clinton run is seeing whether recent innovations in feminist thought will create age divides in how Clinton is regarded. The middle-aged and older crowd grew up in a feminist environment where trailblazing and ceiling-breaking were celebrated as the substance of women’s progress. But lately, with [...]
In theory, writing an election take about demographic divides in candidate support is pretty straightforward:
Identify a demographic divide. Provide a plausible theory for the demographic divide.
Because step one is usually pretty easy, most of the punditry action is at step two. But, as today’s Amanda Marcotte take shows, every so often, [...]
Conor P. Williams has a piece at 74 million that purports to be a simulation of what critics of Teach for America must be like. Apparently, in Wiliams’ view, they are coffee shop elite hipsters. As far as this genre of writing goes, Williams’ piece is not particularly funny, insightful, or well-executed. It [...]
Every so often, people opine on the question of why libertarians are mostly men (Jeet Heer, Kevin Drum, Brink Lindsey). As someone more interested in the philosophical debate, not the sociological debate, I generally stay out of these discussions.
However, if I had to speculate, I’d say that the [...]
One of the things I am not looking forward to in the coming elections are people who become sudden experts on the Nordic Model and the social democratic history of the Nordic countries. Partisans of various stripes, uninterested in understanding how the Nordic countries actually developed, will mobilize their considerable googling skills to conclude whatever [...]