Strange Critters in Denial

Regardless of the outcome on November 8, the American people are going to be faced with an administration that must not be indulged with a honeymoon. We must be ready to fight either President Clinton or President Trump, but such efforts will be in vain unless we face some harsh reality about ourselves. I have …

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Making America Bullshit Again

The rise of Donald Trump is convincing evidence of a moral and philosophical bankruptcy across the Right in the United States today. What is there to say about the litany of bullshit1 we’ve heard from this man since he announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015? That day he announced that Mexico was not a …

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Making America Forget Again

After the low bar set by the Republicans, the Democratic National Convention featured noticeably better stagecraft and organization, despite frustration among Sanders delegates and the controversy following Wikileaks’ publishing of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. Most of what I heard at the convention was boilerplate and nonetheless contrasted starkly with the hackneyed fear-mongering of the …

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Making America Scared Again

After ruminating over the national conventions these past two weeks, I want to comment on the Republicans first. I am disturbed by their peddling of a fantasy that we are living in a post-apocalyptic scenario. The opening day of their convention was themed “Make America Safe Again”, despite the fact that violent crime has been declining …

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What Does a Homeless Protest Look Like?

Photo of sleeping pods at Safe Park on Church Ave (looking towards Broadway Blvd) taken 2/8/15

In a confused approach toward the homeless, Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller’s recent articles capture some of our collective cultural ambivalence. On the one hand, Steller has tried to wake people up about our society’s neglect of the homeless. Last November, he wrote of his unease when voting for a proposition that would raise …

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