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Without any evidence beyond what the Nimble America representatives claimed, the assertion that they somehow bankroll the alt right meme machine and control a subreddit picked up steam quickly, not unlike Clinton’s flawed Pepe explainer. An hour spent scrolling through Reddit threads and 5 seconds looking at their financial documents show that they are not some political meme powerhouse. They don’t run anything except a mediocre website and a single Reddit thread in which they were shown the door. Oh, and a billboard.

Opponents of Trump do themselves a serious disservice with this kind of reporting. For two days, The_Donald has been covered with memes and jokes about the inaccuracies and over-blown charges made in the publications linked above. It further feeds their narrative that “SJWs” are divorced from fact and will say anything to stop their Dear Leader. It gives them power. And many, many lulz.

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[This group] is a very, very awkward size. It seems to be somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of the electorate, which is big enough that it feels like a majority but small enough that it isn’t actually a majority.

That’s a very uncomfortable place to be, politically, because smaller groups I think come to appreciate, not immediately but eventually, that they have to compromise and form coalitions. Larger groups can just win.

But this group doesn’t seem small enough to compromise or big enough to win. That makes people very angry. I think some of that anger is reflected not just in Trump’s campaign but in the sort of rhetoric you see around the rallies. And everyone has seen footage of people who are just hopping mad in a way that I suspect is alien not just to the journalists who cover them but also to movement conservatives who have claimed to speak for them in the past.

Goldman discusses this same theme elsewhere in the interview, referring to “the story of a minority that thinks it’s a majority.”

I think we can do a lot with this basic insight. For starters, it really illuminates the problems John Boehner encountered as Speaker, where he kept trying to explain to both his own caucus and to the party base that they simply couldn’t impose their will on the president because they didn’t have the votes. He simply was not believed. It seemed like even the suggestion was like waving a red cape in front of a bull, and it didn’t matter if they had a hundred thousand votes to repeal ObamaCare or only several dozen, the point would not be received or accepted.

Maybe the underlying problem wasn’t so much that people were ignorant of parliamentary rules and procedure or the separation of powers. Maybe the root of this conflict, which ultimately doomed both Boehner and his underboss Cantor, is that the base of the party is too big to realize that it has no choice but to compromise.

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One of my many concerns about Trump is that he makes it difficult, because he is so dramatic and so crass, to defend the occasional insights he presents. One of them was his formulation of “a country is a country,” which sounds silly and tautological but actually I think has more significant meaning.

What Trump is suggesting — or at least what his words suggest, because I wouldn't venture to speculate about what he actually meant — is that the fundamental features of a country include defensible borders and a priority for its citizens, for members of that political community over people who are not members. The next version of conservatism or whatever it's going to be called has to find a way of making that case.

Another element of conservatism to come will be a more sophisticated version of the critique of “political correctness.”

This is another issue on which Trump has been loud and crass but seems to be in touch with a truth or at least experience that many people have. What Trump and others seem to mean by political correctness is an extremely dramatic and rapidly changing set of discursive and social laws that, virtually overnight, people are expected to understand, to which they are expected to adhere. And which, in special settings like universities, is subject to bureaucratic enforcement.

This is not the greatest problem that America or the world faces, but it is a problem because it's a profoundly alienating experience for a lot of people.

Last, and in some ways most important, I think, because this is not just a policy question but one that is under the authority of the president: I think that conservatism needs to move toward a more what I would call realistic form of foreign policy.

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“Just about a month to go,” his conscience said, whistling. “I’m excited that you’re going to vote for the candidate I pick. You can’t vote for Trump. You said if people voted for him, ‘this country could well plunge into the abyss.'”

“Yes,” Cruz said, uneasily. “But I always said that, you know. About all kinds of things. I didn’t always mean it.”

“Oh,” his conscience said. “Well. But.”

“Not that I didn’t mean it that time,” Cruz added, hastily, putting on his coat and adjusting his tie.

“Where are you going, Ted?” his conscience asked.

“Just out,” Cruz snapped. “Can’t I go out? Can’t I do anything?”

Photo by Ninian Reid

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The party’s refusal to cooperate with Obama on any major issue, and its dogmatic insistence that Obamacare must be destroyed, is a sign of its intellectual rot. The GOP’s refusal to support the principle of universal health insurance makes it unique among major conservative parties anywhere in the world. And its extreme legislative tactics in the service of this principle are a defining fact of the Obama era. Even the sanest and most reasonable members of the party do not or will not question its central strategic and ideological imperatives. The transformation of the party of Dubya to the party of Trump is a fall, but the closer one looks at the party of Dubya, the shorter and more easily explainable it is.

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On a Tweet-Drizzle on Trump’s Honest Dishonesty

I suspect many poll respondents do not separate “appearance of emotional authenticity” from “verbal approximation of factual truth” in polls such as the one Mr. Bouie finds “bewildering,” in which “45% see [Trump] as honest and trustworthy, but it goes lower, to 36%, for Clinton.” Setting aside, as we must in order to comment on the political campaigns, the encompassing inanity of the terms of discussion, we can further observe that the answer “he is more honest” replicates the same pattern: The answer itself may be an “honest” as in “honestly dishonest” answer in the minds of such respondents, meaning they can both “honestly” and “dishonestly-honestly” judge Trump “honestly a liar,” a liar true to himself as a liar, while Clinton remains for them a “dishonest truthteller.”

Bouie is hardly alone in his mystification. In an essay from May, David Frum predicted that the reaction to Trump’s dishonesty, or his honest dishonesty, would be “the hardest [part of this story] to explain after it’s all over”:  Read more ›

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Drilling a Hole in the Universe with WP_Query in a Shortcode

To condense a long prologue into a thesis statement, it is quite possible to output the results of a WordPress “query loop” via Shortcode, but doing so risks drilling a hole in spacetime: Placing a post whose content would include a version of the post itself (containing a version of the post itself, and so on) produces an overload and site crash.

I first encountered this danger by accident, and initially wondered if the problem had something to do with specific query “arguments” or with shortcodes or the WordPress main “Loop” as such. In short, it’s just another example of the usual “infinite” regress error. I’ve also realized that under prior versions of the plug-in I’ve been working on, an inadvertent site-crash via infinite-looping was always a danger, presuming the right wrong move by some user.

To solve this problem or avoid this possible danger in the future, I’ve added a short sub-routine that excludes any offending post, or any offending post content, from whatever loop-within-a-loop the plug-in happens to output. Read more ›

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The Wheel Has Turned – “Fear” by @WardSutton

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“Fear” by Ward Sutton, debuted on Twitter 31 August 2016, on the occasion of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech on immigration in Phoenix, Arizona

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Scrap It 2

Further to the prior post, problems at OT were discussed exhaustively over the course of more than a year – first among the members of a “development group” and then among the Senior Editors. I was a participant in both groups. In late March of this year, the other editors turned down a proposal for putting the enterprise as a whole on a firmer foundation, and voted instead for what I saw as more of the same – or, to be more precise, for more of the same minus two major contributors. 

Since then, the decline of the site, climaxing in the latest admitted “failure,” or set of failures, has continued, while opportunities afforded by interest in the 2016 elections have mostly been squandered. The background details and the ways in which recent events and discussion expose underlying problems might be of interest to anyone trying to understand what happened to “the blogosphere” and what might come next, but I am reluctant to say more at this time, in part because my observations might be taken as personal and unkind by one or more of those involved, and perhaps as violation of confidence.

A salvage of residual value might still be possible, and a rescue or turnaround remains conceivable even now, but I would not be surprised if by this time next year there is no “Ordinary Times.”

Posted in Developing Ordinary Times

Scrap It and Start Over

A failure presents a limited range of options: scrap, salvage, or repair. Though it feels like we’ve done this before, let’s try “repair” one more time.

Why?

The site makes no sense as an enterprise – decreasingly as any kind of proposition for anyone involved.

The editors voted against “repair” last March, and “salvage” will continue to appear decreasingly rewarding, increasingly difficult. Without major changes, and possibly even with them, the only remaining questions are when and how to “scrap,” and whether anyone will care or even notice.

Posted in Developing Ordinary Times, Internet

jQuery-Filling an Input Box in WordPress Admin

Though I have somehow managed to produce some relatively complex scripts, I am still at the stage with jQuery that, when I manage to achieve some elementary thing, I throw a little celebration in my trusty old Aeron.

I also tend to forget what I’ve figured out until the next time I have to achieve the same effect. So, here are some notes for future reference, or for the sake of other jQuery hackers, on how I think a textbox should be filled in WordPress Admin… from simple anchor links… and when the content – in this instance long image links –  is too long to be nicely contained. Read more ›

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Comparative Page Loads with and without Image Errors

This benefit of WP-RUBI is additional to the one of avoiding “the $8,000 mistake” of using unlicensed images, but for some sites will be much more important. 

Focusing on images exclusively, here is the difference between two page loads, one with image errors, one with WP-RUBI replacement, as recorded on Google Chrome Developer Tools console (no throttling).

With errors:

Page Loaded with Two Broken Image Links

Page Loaded with Two Broken Image Links

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An Alliance of Digital Artists (Art and Work in the Age of Instant Reproducibility)

If the Digital Artists Alliance never amounts to more than a temporary reference point, the basis for a gesture of respect by some site operators toward an ideal, then that will be enough for me, but I invite anyone interested in exploring larger possibilities to join me.

Is there already an organization or organizations set up to protect and advance the rights and interests of digital artists, and to inform and educate both them and their patrons, clients, employers, and “users” about those rights and interests as such?

I have not heard of such an organization, though I know that numerous artist guilds and groups worldwide have been actively engaged on the topic, and that “Digital Rights” issues have been at the forefront of major litigation and legislation. An initial net search did not turn up any organization of this particular type, and I was surprised to discover that “digitalartistsalliance” was available as a “top level domain name” in the main variants that occurred to me. The TLDs “digitalartsalliance.com” and “digitalartsalliance.org” (i.e., referring to “arts” rather than “artists”) are taken, but, as you may see if you click on the links, they do not appear to be actively in use as of this writing.

For now, digitalartistsalliance.org and digitalartistsalliance.com, which I purchased yesterday, link to a sub-page at this site, but, if the idea generates some positive response, I may move on to setting a free-standing site, as the home of a not-for-profit membership organization. At this point, however, I’m thinking we still need to define the idea.  Read more ›

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Devoted and Selfless Consecration

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To mark the anniversary of the death of a veteran, the United States Government sends out a framed “certificate” like the one pictured above.

My father was proud of his service, but he was not a hero decorated for valor or a high-ranking officer, his experience of combat was limited (quite more than enough at that, he would say), and, more to the point, the war in which he fought was won by a self-consciously democratic nation: No reason why this later commemorative message should be anything other than “government issue”: That it makes a good first impression and brings back fond memories of Dad is good enough for us, anyway. So what if they happened to spelled our family name wrong, without capitalizing the “L” in MacLeod? “MacLeod” may be the most common of Scottish names, but the USG is the USG. If the Nazis had won, maybe their commemorations would have been perfect, but they didn’t win.

The signature stands out, and Dad in his last years may have been Obama-deranged enough to dislike the certificate on that basis alone. In his earlier years, I believe he would have been more accepting. The ink seems a bit thick, and I will assume until and unless informed otherwise that it was done by “autopen.”

The most interesting thing to me about the document is, however, its sacralized language, not its production values. Read more ›

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Getting Right with Image Rights: Workflow and Major Minor Upgrade

I discovered many non-rights-cleared images that I now think may have detracted from the posts in some ways, even if they initially seemed to make them more attractive or striking.

After announcing the WP-RUBI Beta (0.91) a bit more than a week ago, I installed and began to work with it at this very blog, and I immediately began to notice that “workflow” improvements I had thought to save for a later day – or even reserve for a “premium” version – had to be considered “basic” to using the plug-in effectively. So, I began another week of fairly intensive work now represented in the Beta numbered 0.93. I could “re-up” or “re-announce,” but I’ll think I’ll save doing so for submission of “1.0” to the WordPress Plug-In Repo.

The enhancements include the following:

  • Set and View Image Removal/Replacement Status from Post Edit and All Posts/Pages (Quick and Bulk Edit) Screens
  • Category and Author Inclusion/Exclusion by Display Name instead of ID #
  • Category Inclusion/Exclusion Includes “Child” Categories
  • Option to Replace Images without Standard Image File Extensions (Mainly Served Images)
  • Admin Convenience Improvements (Expandable Text Areas instead of Text Boxes, Additional Editing Instructions)
  • Expanded Reset Options: Reset Main Settings and Post Settings Separately if Desired

In terms of actual workflow as I worked and flowed it, I think that the first and third above were the most significant (code samples at end): Read more ›

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Getting Right with Image Rights: WP Replace Unlicensed and Broken Images Plug-In

A primary use for WP-RUBI will be at sites where administrators have decided to remove images that have been used either without permission or under lapsed or lapsing usage licenses: Proper employment will help to reduce or eliminate legal and actual “exposure” quickly and easily, without harming the site’s search engine rankings and while preserving posts as originally composed, allowing for eventual restoration.

In recent years, with the maturation of the internet and especially of the blogosphere, sites that display photos and other images without concern for usage rights have come under enhanced scrutiny, sometimes resulting in costly lawsuits and always at least anxiety-producing threats of lawsuits. In addition, some site operators, especially as they have gotten more successful, have undergone a change in thinking about the underlying issue: the right of artists not to have their worked exploited without acknowledgment and, where appropriate, payment.

My new WordPress plug-in “WP Replace Unlicensed and Broken Images” (WP-RUBI) makes getting right with image rights easier. It selectively replaces images when a post is rendered, according to whatever chosen combination of post publication date, particular post or posts, post categories, authors, image file locations, and image types, supplying a customizable fallback image in place of the unwanted or broken one, and without altering underlying post data. Unlike common Javascript/jQuery solutions for broken images and links, WP-RUBI will also prevent load and search engine “crawl” errors that can harm search engine rankings and also fill up a site’s error log to the point of making it unusable.

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A Trump Rally Live-Tweeted

Make room in the time capsule for the hard copy.

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Subtweet (American Conservative Eschaton)

So, we can sum up the crisis of the American conservative movement as follows: With less and less semblance of temperamental conservatism, ever more self-destructively, nominally conservative Americans have sought in vain to immanentize as eschaton the non-immanentization of eschaton. Having reacted to the realization of paradox on the level of the whole state or the level of highest abstraction, represented in politics as the national level or the level of collective conceptual self-integration – so, integration by disintegration – as eventually world-historical failure, they have, by re-doubling down on re-doubling down without limiting idea, at last produced the political-intellectual equivalent of a nuclear explosion, with their constituency or former constituency clustered at ground zero.

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Subtweet

The absolute evil for politics as politics is the introduction of the question of absolute evil into politics, as the dissolution of politics. This rule is of the same form as the prejudice of philosophy against the entrance of prejudice into philosophy.

Posted in Political Philosophy

All-Nude Tweets (Hacking Extraneous Content from Twitter Embeds)

The Twitter default is for “cards” and “conversation” to display, but you can get rid of them either tweet by tweet or through a copy-paste-search-and-replace-re-copy-paste.

Intro

When you embed a tweet from its URL – for example, for this tweet from Justin Tiehen’s list of explanations for the rise of Donald Trump

https://twitter.com/jttiehen/status/735315944428310528

…it will, by the magic of oEmbed, produce the following display in your WordPress page:

Tweet with conversation and card

Tweet with “Conversation” and “Card”

Now, a lot of the time, this is totally superduper: You’re happy to include the replied-to tweet, and the part down below, with the image of Mr. Trump there linking to the original article (in a real tweet embed, not the screenshot version of it I’ve used above), is very nifty and even useful, and the nifty formatting is also nifty: Altogether just what your nifty users want.

In some contexts, however, all of the extra stuff is just distracting – especially if you’re showing a long list of tweets or rendering a conversation.

What follows is a hacky way to grab naked tweets instead.
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Output-Buffering and Extensible WordPress Plug-Ins

Contrary to my tentative conclusions of a month ago, I now understand at least one good reason to use output-buffering while writing WordPress code. Indeed, I now anticipate using the tool frequently.

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Comment Elsewhere: To @BurtLikko under “How to Fix a Broken Elephant: Prologue”

@Burt Likko

You write as though you have determined that the primary sin, the sin of sins, is “Othering.” So, of course, you have to turn your back on politics, since the defining political distinction or the distinction that defines politics remains “us” and “them,” “friend” and “enemy,” collective “self” and “other.”

The left-liberal notion is that politics is about “policy” for the good of all – “all people created equal” and so on – but no left-liberal [or any other] politics is able to address the good of all immediately, or to whatever extent it might it passes over into the apolitical or politically irrelevant: Read more ›

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Jacksonian Neo-Isolationism 2

Put more simply: The failure of the neocon project led to, as a practical matter seemed to require, the replacement of neo-imperialism with xenophobia in Republican conservative rhetoric. To those capable of setting aside their judgments of the American approach to the world, the psychology involved may resemble the familiar pattern of unrequited love. Those on the Left will be constitutionally predisposed to put the idea in almost any other way, and may also operate under the belief that they or their constituencies are immune to the syndrome.

Posted in Neo-Imperialism, notes, Politics

the biggest best most unbelievable beautiful stink bomb ever

Jonathan Chait’s new explanation for the rise of Donald Trump – or for the failure of analysts to predict it – is appealingly simple:

Here’s the factor I think everybody missed: The Republican Party turns out to be filled with idiots. Far more of them than anybody expected.

Chait concedes that to say as much is “gauche,” but stands by the argument to the end:

As low as my estimation of the intelligence of the Republican electorate may be, I did not think enough of them would be dumb enough to buy his act. And, yes, I do believe that to watch Donald Trump and see a qualified and plausible president, you probably have some kind of mental shortcoming. As many fellow Republicans have pointed out, Donald Trump is a con man. What I failed to realize — and, I believe, what so many others failed to realize, though they have reasons not to say so — is just how easily so many Republicans are duped.

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@CK_MacLeod

State of the Discussion

+ thanks - haven't been reading it for a while. (now not so) new editors moved things more to lefty orthodoxy, so generally not that [. . .]
Alexandra Petri: Ted Cruz and his conscience amicably part ways – The Washington Post
+ Btw - just posted a piece from Cyborgology, in part because on the off-chance you weren't aware of the site, I thought you might want [. . .]
Alexandra Petri: Ted Cruz and his conscience amicably part ways – The Washington Post
+ Perhaps, but some of us have a lot of suspension of disbelief, or suspension of acknowledgment of the suspension, in favor of the greater cause, [. . .]
Alexandra Petri: Ted Cruz and his conscience amicably part ways – The Washington Post
+ My reflex on hearing of the Cruz endorsement of Trump was a shorter, less creative version of this, but it begged the question, "When did [. . .]
Alexandra Petri: Ted Cruz and his conscience amicably part ways – The Washington Post
+ The analysis of numerous pulses registered in our experiments showed that the dolphins took turns in producing [sentences] and did not interrupt each other... So the [. . .]
Dolphins recorded having a conversation ‘just like two people’ for first time – Telegraph UK

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If Obama Had Followed Through (Hof on the Red Line)

"...[H]ad it laid waste to Assad’s air force, field artillery, Scud missiles, and rockets, the strike would have emptied Assad’s victory speech of substantive content. Yes, the chemicals would have remained in place, and perhaps so too the Assad regime. But instruments of mass terror would have been neutralized, the migrant crisis afflicting Europe might have been averted, and tens of thousands of people now dead would still be alive."[...]

Linkback Your Xpost: A Simple WordPress Filter Function

Line-by-line on how to write a WordPress filter function utilizing the "the_content" filter hook.[...]

Understanding American Interests (Steven Heydemann in Washington Post)

"It is sadly ironic that the president’s commitment to inaction has undermined his vision of an international system in which military restraint and a smaller U.S. footprint would produce a more stable and peaceful international order."[...]

"no good options" (Obama Doctrine Notes)

"No good options" at some point becomes a rule of moral abdication - a declaration of incapacity to distinguish between worse and better, or of paralysis. Obama himself seems to oscillate between the two views: On the one hand, since there is no good option, judgment has to be suspended, but on the other hand he wants to view or wants us to accept inaction or maximal distance as the better option, so "as good as we can get if not perfect."[...]

"incredibly piss poor leadership" (Obama Doctrine Notes)

Obama seemed to be hoping that a legacy of American "credibility" on such threats would be sufficient to make this one work, without acknowledging - perhaps according to all the best and latest political scientific critiques of "credibility" - the possible damage to American credibility that his own policies had reinforced.[...]

On Obama Doctrine Thesis #4 (The world cannot afford...)

The world cannot afford the diminution of U.S. power, but U.S. power is diminishing.[...]

Plus fascistique...

Trump is many ugly things, but he’s not a very developed ideologue. In a way, that might even make him more authentically fascist than the fascists, who merely talked about power for the sake of power and about the rejection of intellectualism.[...]

The Pathos of the Rational Leader: Goldberg's Obama

How can a nation survive, can its institutions function, can it prosper and triumph, can the People experience or aspire to satisfaction without recourse at some point to such “tribalism”? The President cannot answer, because no one can.[...]

Yes, Tragically: The Pledge to Support Even Trump

With the meaning and true possession the Republican Party radically in doubt, the meaning of any pledge of support from within it will likewise be put radically in doubt. The nominal nominee of the nominal Republican Party would be the actual nominee of an actually different Republican Party, or of a Republican Party revealed never to have actually been a party. Forgiving a candidate for not having tried to explain the above in 30 seconds, on national TV, should not be too hard.[...]

Enabling WordPress Press This for HostGator Sites

Solution of a problem for bloggers who want to use WordPress Press This on their "shared hosting" accounts at HostGator and possibly at other aggressively security-conscious web hosts.[...]

You're Welcome and Rightbackatcha

I learned a lot WordPressing at OT, and wish the best to everyone over there - a group that as a matter of fact still includes me, if in a much-reduced role. So, you're welcome, and right backatcha.[...]

A theory of theories of Trump

Trump is finance fully self-invacuated, in a full-length gilt mirror, a Medusa transfixed by its own refracted self-admiration; at the same time, he is the return of the annihilated masses, as mass nihilism.[...]

Neo-Imperialism and the 2016 Campaigns (Reply to Marchmaine)

Notes on understanding the 2016 presidential campaigns in world-historical context.[...]

The League vs Trump - Super Doomsday Open Thread and Twitter List

If we need a clearer definition of our mission - as I think we do - we could do worse for a starting point than "Negation of Trump," but that thought also implies that it's significantly our fault that Trumpism is on the verge of taking over the universe...[...]

Sow They Say

As we approach the last Republican Debate before Super Tuesday, it's "reap just what you sow" day from the Left across the Center and all points beyond the movement conservative right.[...]

Addendum: What if Trump Just Subsides Instead of Exploding Trumpastrophically?

I had the wayward thought last night that the Trump bubble, which many of us have been expecting to pop with an audible sound, in one typically Trumpastrophic moment, would just deflate on its own[...]

The Party Deconstructs

In times such as these, party loyalty raises the question of what a party is at all in America 2016 - or at least what it means to be a Republican, if Trump is one, and potentially the standard-bearer.[...]

Who or What Is Using "Commenter Archive" and "commenter-thread"?

If any of you human beings have anything to say on the major uptick in use of these commenting features, please let me know. The spiders and robots don't answer questions directly.[...]

The Coordination Solution, Property, and the Exception (Comment)

The necessary transtemporal and social re-construction of the identity of the individual is a process we conventionally define as a matter of “religion,” and a common materialist explanation of religion refers precisely its utility as coordination solution, and so we’re back to where we began, with the littlest possible story, of one person and his or her desires and needs somehow to be related to the self-organization of a global mass of 7 billion souls, via political theology.[...]

The Libertarian Praxis Problem: Part 1

Libertarianism and the Left, and the more general problem for metaphysically individualist liberalism.[...]

The Argument for Reparations, and the Question of Justice

Coates vs Sanders... and Lincoln[...]